Dukovany: KHNP will let Czech Doosan build the turbine

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The investment in the expansion of the production portfolio will cost three billion crowns. According to a preliminary estimate, the Pilsen plant could produce the first generator in about three years, then gradually it will be able to produce approximately ten generators per year. Pilsen-based Doosan is already delivering complete turbogenerators, i.e. equipment containing both a turbine and a generator. However, the generator, which makes up approximately a fifth of the total value of the turbogenerator order, is still being ordered from its competition.

“Thanks to the investment, the Pilsen plant’s expected sales will increase by 20 percent,” said Seungwoo Sohn, head of the international division of Doosan Power Service Business Group, which is the parent company of Doosan Škoda Power, in an interview with e15. Turbines for hydrogen power plants will also be new in the production portfolio. Both the generators and the new types of turbines will be designed for small to medium-sized power plants, with generators expected to have a power of up to 300 megawatts and turbines of up to 100 megawatts of power.

“The goal is for Czech industry to participate significantly in Doosan group projects on world markets. At the same time, we plan to build a hydrogen combustion turbine center in Europe in Pilsen, which will bring more jobs and place the Czech Republic on the map of the few manufacturers in the world,” Youngki Lim, CEO of Doosan Škoda Power, said later at the conference.

But at the same time, Doosan does not hide that the key motive for closer cooperation with the Czech branch is the approaching final of the nuclear tender. “As a strong partner of the KHNP company, we are coming to the Czech Republic to support its activities in the tender for the completion of the Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant,” admitted Park Jeong-won, chairman of the board of directors of the Doosan group, at Monday’s event.

Jeong-won confirmed that if KHNP wins the nuclear contract, the Czech company Doosan Škoda Power will supply the turbine. The readiness is also confirmed by the executive director of Doosan Škoda Power, Daniel Procházka, who reminded that the Pilsen turbine has been in use at the Temelín Nuclear Power Plant for more than twenty years. He said in an interview for e15 last year that the value of the order for the turbine itself is in the lower hundreds of millions of euros.

Doosan also introduced several Czech companies with which it wants to cooperate on projects in the country and abroad and signed memoranda with them. Among them are the companies Vítkovice, ZAT, MICO or, for example, Škoda JS from Pilsen, which should supply, for example, a heat exchanger.

For KHNP, the agreement with Doosan is the first tangible bet on Czech industry. Like the second bidder, the French EdF, the South Koreans have so far focused mainly on signing non-binding memoranda. By announcing a certain cooperation with Škoda from Pilsen, they evened the score, because EdF also has a similarly binding cooperation, when its construction partner Bouygues signed a pre-consortium agreement with the Czech construction company Metrostav DIZ. Both bidders had previously promised that at least 64 percent of the value of the contract would remain with the Czech companies.

Both KHNP and EdF submitted final bids for the construction of new Czech nuclear units at the end of April. ČEZ is now evaluating them and should prepare an evaluation report by the end of spring. The government should then select the winner within a matter of weeks and sign the final contract with him by the end of March next year.

The nuclear project should be the largest Czech investment in modern history, according to earlier statements by the government and ČEZ, one new reactor should cost about 160 billion crowns in 2020 prices. Government representatives refused to comment on the amounts in the initial offers. However, some economists estimated in January that the construction of four reactors could cost up to two trillion crowns.

The government will decide on how many large blocks will be built later this year. According to energy experts, the option when two reactors would actually be built in the first wave seems more and more likely. After all, this is also indicated by the latest statement of the Minister of Industry and Trade, Jozef Síkela. “I am firmly convinced, and everything is moving towards this, that this government will contract at least two more reactors,” he told the daily Právo in mid-March.

The lowest price wins the nuclear tender. However, the contract with the winner will not address the share of Czech suppliers

And ČEZ company spokesman Ladislav Kříž expresses himself in a similar spirit. “Currently, everything is moving towards a decision to build two blocks in the Dukovany locality. The decision on the Temelín location will come later, even with the knowledge of the progress of the development of small modular reactors,” he wrote in a recent commentary for Hospodářské noviny. It must be said that Kříž is definitely not a frequent commentator. Despite the fact that he has been working as a spokesperson for the group for 30 years, he last wrote an opinion piece in 2013. His words can carry all the more weight.

The Czech Republic currently has six nuclear units in two power plants. Two units, each with a capacity of approximately 1,125 megawatts (MW), are located in Temelín in South Bohemia. Four smaller blocks with an output of 510 MW are located in Dukovany in the Třebíč region. In addition to new classic reactors, ČEZ is also preparing the construction of small modular reactors. The first of them should be created in Temelín.

The article is in Czech

Tags: Dukovany KHNP Czech Doosan build turbine

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