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Nuclear safety authority to suspend proceedings on permission of Temelín completion

31 January 2013

Prague, Jan 30 (CTK) - The Czech State Authority for Nuclear Safety (SUJB) will suspend administrative proceedings on permitting the construction of new units at nuclear power plant Temelin over licensing documents, SUJB chairwoman Dana Drabova told CTK yesterday.

SUJB will not issue a decision in four months, a period set by the law. Drabova expects the office to issue a verdict by the end of the year.

Ladislav Kriz, spokesman for CEZ, Temelin's operator, told CTK the firm would supply the information required by SUJB and that it would not jeopardise the deadline of Temelin's completion.

CEZ asked SUJB for permission to build two more nuclear units at Temelin last November. SUJB has the right to suspend the process at any time and ask for more information.

"We know at the moment that the licensing documentation will have to be supplemented. The proceedings will be interrupted," said Drabova.

Similar licensing procedures last nine months to one year in the world, she added.

SUJB has failed to find nine workers to join a licensing team for Temelin, Drabova said.

"In our budget we have money for nine positions but the question is if we manage to fill them," she added.

SUJB staff will meet President Vaclav Klaus at Prague Castle on Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of the office's establishment.

The construction of the units three and four at Temelin should more than double the capacity of the south Bohemian facility from the current 2,000 megawatts.

Bidders for the project whose price is estimated at between Kc200bn and Kc300bn are Czech-Russian consortium Skoda JS, Atomstroyexport and Gidropress, US-Japanese company Westinghouse and France's Areva. Areva was, however, disqualified from the tender by CEZ last October. It filed an appeal to antitrust office UOHS.

Server Ceska pozice said the dispute between Areva and the Czech Republic is also being dealt with by the European Commission.

The EC is now waiting for a statement from Prague about the exclusion of the French company from the tender, according to the server's information that was confirmed to it by well-informed sources.

The Czech Republic's statement should be prepared by end-February.

The information was also confirmed by Vaclav Bartuska, government commissioner for Temelin's completion, without further comments.

The Czech Republic's reaction should be sent to Brussels by Martin Smolek, Czech government agent before the Court of Justice of the European Union, Ceska pozice said.

If the Czech Republic failed to defend its stance as part of these preliminary proceedings, the EC would most probably launch regular proceedings, the server added.

CEZ wanted to pick the winner this year. The project is to be completed in 2025 at the latest and the power plant is to work for 60 years.

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