Czech regulator rules in favour of CEZ over Areva exclusion from Temelin tender.

By bne IntelliNews February 26, 2013
The Czech anti-monopoly body UOHS ruled that energy company CEZ did not violate public procurement rules by excluding French Areva from a tender to expand its Temelin nuclear power plant, the watchdog said in a statement on its website. In October CEZ disqualified Areva's bid in the USD 10bn tender for building two more reactors at Temelin saying the French company failed to meet legal and commercial conditions of the tender. The UOHS ruling is not final and Areva can appeal it within a 15-day period. Areva's exclusion left US Westinghouse and a Czech-Russian consortium comprising Skoda JS, Atomstroyexport and Gidropress in the race. CEZ is now reviewing binding bids by the two bidders and wants to select the tender winner by September 2013 and have the two reactors running by 2025. Temelin's expansion deal is part of a new Czech long-term energy strategy that aims to increase the share of atomic power in the country's energy mix to 50% by 2030.

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