Czech Republic latest to sign up to small nuclear

Czech state-run power group CEZ plans to launch its first small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) in a decade and another two by 2040.

The first SMR will be built at Temelin, (pic) one of CEZ’s two nuclear plants that cover about one third of the Czech Republic’s total power production.

CEZ plans to build the next two at its current coal-fired power plants in a bid to switch from fossil fuels to greener technologies.

The company said it was looking at other locations for future SMRs, including its other nuclear plant at Dukovany and several coal-fired plants.

CEZ also plans to launch a new large nuclear reactor at Dukovany by 2036.

Late last year, it said it had received bids to build the reactor from US-Canadian firm Westinghouse, France’s EDF and South Korea’s KHNP.

CEZ expects to sign a deal to build the reactor worth several billion euros (dollars) with the selected bidder next year.

The Czech Republic is joining a growing list of countries that are investing in small nuclear reactor (SMR) technology.

Last month Canada announced a planned new build at the Darlington power plant by 2028.

Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian nuclear power station located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Clarington, Ontario. It is a large nuclear facility comprising four CANDU nuclear reactors with a total output of 3,512 MWe when all units are online.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG), GE Hitachi (GEH), SNC-Lavalin and Aecon are the parties that will develop, engineer and construct a new SMR at OPG’s Darlington New Nuclear Project.

The aim is to begin supplying power to the grid in 2029.