Czech utility group ČEZ has set aside a special space at the Temelín Nuclear Power Plant site where the first small modular reactor in the Czech Republic could be built in the future.
According to the company, Temelín in south Bohemia is a proven nuclear site, which is its major advantage. It offers a stable geological bedrock, an abundance of experienced operating personnel and the presence of security personnel. This is also why a pilot project for a small modular reactor in cooperation with multinational companies and local authorities could be set up there.
“This activity does not interfere in any way with our plan to build two standard units at the Temelín site,” explained Daniel Beneš, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of ČEZ. “Options for them are also part of the tender for the construction of a new nuclear unit at Dukovany, which we launched two weeks ago.”
“From the viewpoint of nuclear power, Temelín is a suitable site and I know from my experience that it is necessary to focus on the future,” added Martin Kuba, Governor of the South Bohemian Region. “Small modular reactors are the future of energy and that is why I am actively entering these negotiations on behalf of the South Bohemian Region and support a joint approach.”
ČEZ Group has already signed memoranda of cooperation with respect to small modular reactors with NuScale, GE Hitachi, Rolls Royce, EdF, KHNP and Holtec. The company is also developing small modular reactors through its subsidiary, the Nuclear Research Institute of ÚJV Řež.