Four investors could take part in new Temelin tender - Zeman


15.04.2014 13:24

Hradec Kralove - A new investor from South Korea and the three investors from the cancelled tender could take part in a possible new tender to extend nuclear power plant Temelin, Czech President Milos Zeman said today.


Jaderná elektrárna Temelín, chladící věže - ilustrační foto. ČTK Štěrba Martin, Fotobanka ČTK

Zeman said he has no objections to the cancellation of the previous tender by Temelin's operator CEZ. Majority state-owned CEZ scrapped the tender on April 10, because the government had refused to provide state guarantees to the project.

"I have received information ... that a South Korean investor could take part in the new tender, because South Korea has been developing nuclear energy recently," Zeman said.

Zeman expects that the investors, which participated in the cancelled tender, would register also for the new tender. The bidders in the previous tender were US-Japanese company Westinghouse, Czech-Russian Consortium MIR.1200 and France's Areva.

"If four bidders take part in a tender instead of two, competition is bigger and there is hope of better conditions, including a lower price," Zeman said.

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