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ČEZ identifies two new preferred sites for small modular reactors

Czech utility group ČEZ has tentatively identified two preferred sites for the second and third small modular reactors (SMRs), following the first SMR project at the Temelín Nuclear Power Plant site. The new SMRs could be built in Dětmarovice and Tušimice, the sites of current coal-fired power plants, which are being transformed into emission-free sites.

As part of Vision 2030, ČEZ Group has committed itself to preparing the construction of small modular reactors with a total capacity of over 1,000 megawatts (MW) after 2040.

In addition to the first three small modular reactor construction sites, ČEZ Group is also exploring other locations where additional modular reactors could be located. The analyses cover, for example, the Prunéřov, Ledvice, Poříčí, Mělník and Dukovany power plant areas, with the exception of Dukovany, current coal sites. However, the analysis has already recommended that the SMR project at the Poříčí power plant location should not be further developed due to the almost certain presence of an active fault near the site, which precludes the placement of nuclear technology.

“Small modular reactors are not a substitute for large nuclear units, but a complement to the energy mix of the Czech Republic as a suitable replacement for coal-fired power plants and large thermal power plants,” said Tomáš Pleskač, Member of the Board of Directors and ČEZ Chief Renewables Officer. “The SMR construction program represents a great opportunity for the Czech economy – it offers production of nuclear equipment, substantial involvement in the supply chain, and the creation of a regional service and training centre. In order to take advantage of the opportunities of the SMR program, action must be taken quickly. We expect that new nuclear sources, including small modular reactors, will also be significantly represented in the upcoming update of the State Energy Concept, which in the long term builds the Czech energy mix on a combination of nuclear and renewable sources.”

The Dětmarovice and Tušimice power plant sites will undergo a number of further intensive exploration and monitoring works before it is finally clear whether they are suitable locations for a nuclear power source.

ČEZ Group has already signed a series of memoranda of cooperation in the field of small modular reactors with NuScale, GE Hitachi, Rolls Royce, EdF, Westinghouse, KHNP and Holtec.

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