Rosatom chief says Russian-Czech tie-up has good chances of winning Temelin bid.

By bne IntelliNews June 5, 2012
The Russian-Czech consortium that is bidding to build two more reactors at Czech nuclear plant Temelin has good chances of winning the tender, Rosatom's chief Sergey Kirienko was cited as saying by CTK newswire. Russia's Rosatom owns Atomstroyexport that in a consortium with Czech engineering firm Skoda JS is one of the three bidders in the CZK 200bn (EUR 7.8bn) tender. The other two candidates are France's Areva and US Westinghouse. Kirienko believes that if no political pressures are involved and only the economic and safety aspects are taken into consideration, Atomstroyexport- Skoda JS tie-up will file the best bid. The three bidders have to submit their offers by July 2 and Temelin's owner CEZ is to select the winner in 2013. CEZ wants to have the two reactors running by 2025. The majority-owned company has not yet decided whether it will finance the project with own sources or it will search for a partner. In March, Rosatom Overseas operational vice president Leos Tomicek said Rosatom can secure 100% of the financing for Temelin expansion.

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