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According to the vice-president of EDF, most of the value of Dukovany’s contract may remain in the Czech Republic.

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The party interested in France for the construction of the fifth unit of the Dukovany NPP, EDF, is completing preparations for submitting an application for participation in the tender. He only has time until the end of November. And although he is uble to meet the deadlines and budget plans for the construction of other European reactors, he is convinced that he can succeed in the Czech Republic. “We are the only ones in Europe who are building the proposed technology at all, and even – we are also the first to already generate electricity with it and connect it to the grid,” says EDF Vice President Wakisasai Ramani in an exclusive interview with E15 daily.

In Dukovany, you want to build a scaled-down version of your EPR (European Pressurized Water Reactor, ed. note). To qualify for the tender, you had to reduce its power from 1,600 to 1,200 megawatts. Is it an obstacle to your competitiveness that you had to resort to modifications?

It’s really just an adaptation, a smaller version of our reference reactor. It has exactly the same technologies, the same key components, the same approach to security, and more. And most importantly, this technology already produces electricity in Finland and supplies it to the grid. We are currently the only bidder that has an operatiol reactor of the type offered in Europe. This depends on competitiveness. We can boast that the technology we offer is already licensed in three European countries. In addition to Finland, also in France and the UK. In Finland, this is the Olkiluoto power plant, in France, Flamanville 3, and in the UK, Hinkley Point C.

Here, however, it must be added that for the Czech tender it is necessary to license a new and smaller reactor.

Yes, but I wouldn’t make a big science out of it. Most tenders contain specifications requiring changes to the design of the reactor. Our French nuclear power plant Flamanville has a lot of differences from the British nuclear power plant at Hinckley Point, I would say fundamental ones. The British reactor, for example, is twice the size of the French one, all because of different rules and requirements.

To sum it up, as a supplier we have to accept requirements. We must come up with the best solution to meet the constraints while keeping as many approved and tested versions as possible.

Still, the development and modification of the reactor must cost something. Others in the world have already proposed a reactor or are building one. Doesn’t that mean less chance?

I will answer in general. If we can build a larger reactor, as we are doing, it is clear that the larger version will have a lower installed cost per megawatt unit. But the same is being done by other players who can supply larger reactors. Therefore, it is logical that we would prefer to offer a maximum power reactor. However, the tender structure is not like that, so this is not a problem for EDF.

How would you rate the tender process so far? Are you satisfied with the way the government and ČEZ communicate?

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