Interview: Cez Nuclear Leader on Fuel Diversification, Dukovany II and SMRs

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Cez, the Czech Republic's major state-owned power company and nuclear operator, has in recent years been at the center of the geopolitical fissures that have split the nuclear world. In June it signed a fuel fabrication deal with both Westinghouse and Framatome for both companies to start supplying its twin VVER-1000 reactors at Temelin, supplanting existing supplier Tvel, a subsidiary of Russia's state-owned Rosatom. This came only weeks after Cez subsidiary Elektrarna Dukovany II launched a newbuild tender for up to 1.2 gigawatts of new nuclear capacity next to Cez's existing Dukovany plant, currently home to four VVER-440 reactors. That Dukovany II tender was released to France's EDF, South Korea's Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) and US-based Westinghouse, but excluded — following controversial government decisions last year — both Rosatom and China General Nuclear. Finally in June Cez purchased Czech-based legacy nuclear firm Skoda JS from OMZ, a subsidiary of Russia's Gazprombank. Last week on the sidelines of the World Nuclear Association's annual symposium in London Energy Intelligence's Phil Chaffee sat down with Cez Chief Nuclear Officer Bohdan Zronek to discuss these initiatives as well as the broader energy landscape, including Prague's interest in small modular reactors (SMRs).

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