US Vice-President Joe Biden made blunt warnings about reliance on Russian energy and encouraged Czechs to sign up US company Westinghouse to build new nuclear reactors in the country when he visited Prague in late 2009, diplomatic dispatches leaked by WikiLeaks have revealed. Unfortunately, previous remarks from the Prague embassy undercut some of Biden's warnings.
Nuclear energy firm Westinghouse Electric Company has appointed Charles L. Werner construction development director for the Czech Republic. He is based at the firm’s Prague office in the Pankrác district in the City Empiria Building. Westinghouse is currently among three competitors to expand the nuclear reactor complex at Temelín, South Bohemia.
Czech state-controlled power utility ČEZ accidentally released 2010 earnings data four days ahead of schedule in an email sent to reporters Thursday inviting them to a press conference. Although the Prague- and Warsaw-listed company immediately followed up with a recall notice, saying the numbers were “not acutal,” brokers were already trading on the data, and ČEZ later published the results on its website.
Westinghouse has launched a website in Czech to highlight its activities related to the tender to add new reactor units at the ČEZ-run Temelín power plant. The site outlines areas where local suppliers could become involved; the Czech trade minister had cautioned the US-based firm and French rival Areva they were lagging behind Russia’s Atomstroyexport in showing a willingness to subcontract to Czech firms.
France’s nuclear energy firm Areva will be supporting nuclear science educational programs at two Czech universities, ČVUT and the University of West Bohemia, by providing for internships, scholarships and excursions. Areva is one of three entities hoping to win the estimated $25 billion contract to expand ČEZ’s Temelín nuclear power plant in South Bohemia.
Czech Minister of Trade and Industry Martin Kocourek (Civic Democrats, ODS) told the Bloomberg news agency Dec. 16 that Areva and Westinghouse Electric Co. must show their willingness to subcontract work to Czech companies if they want to compete with Russia’s Atomstroyexport in the tender to build new reactors at ČEZ’s Temelín nuclear power plant.