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Siting of two nuclear units at Dukovany approved

Czech Republic’s State Office for Nuclear Safety issued a permit for the siting of two nuclear units at the Dukovany power plant.

According to power utility ČEZ, it is one of the most important preparatory steps before starting construction and selecting a supplier. The preparation and processing of documentation for the licensing procedure took five years and included over 200 professional studies.

Among other things, the documentation describes and assesses the site’s characteristics, examining the natural conditions, water supply and human activities near the power plant. Also described and evaluated are the project’s concept, quality issues and preliminary impact of operations on the population and environment and the future decommissioning of the power plant. 

“It is one of the most important milestones,” said Daniel Beneš, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of ČEZ. “We paid a lot of attention and effort to the preparation of the documentation and to the administrative proceedings themselves. In addition, we are have been really transparent when we have published, for example, the entire Tender Safety Report and other materials, so the public has free access to them.”

The Czech Republic generates more than a third of its electricity from nuclear energy and the government has advocated nuclear power as a low-carbon alternative to coal, which now produces about one-third of the country’s electricity.

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