Temelin to be completed

    Temelin to be completed

    Czech Republic government ministers have voted in favour of completing the Temelin nuclear power plant in Southern Bohemia and will make $558m of funding available. However, tight deadlines and strict financial boundaries have been imposed for the project.

    The ministers voted 11-8 in favour of finishing the controversial power plant. The first 1000 MW reactor is to be linked to the grid by September 2000 and the second by December 2001. Total costs are not to exceed $2.7bn. Czech utility CEZ operates the Temelin plant through its JETE subsidiary. In May, CEZ awarded Data Systems and Solutions a $16.8m contract to carry out independent verification and validation of the plant`s safety system software.

    Construction on Temelin began in the 1980s under communist rule. In 1990, Vaclav Klaus` government agreed to complete the project and upgrade it to western standards, and contracts were signed with Westinghouse and Skoda Praga. Data Systems and Solutions, a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Science Applications International Corporation, will determine safety system compliance at Temelin to allow a plant operation licence to be obtained.

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