Westinghouse was given a boost in its bid for a $10bn expansion of Temelin nuclear power plant when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to the Czech Republic government about the process this week.

Mrs Clinton asserted that the Czechs need to reduce dependency on Russia for its fuel supplies.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
“We are encouraging the Czech Republic to diversify its energy sources and suppliers,” Clinton said. “Given how long-term and strategic this investment is, the Czech people deserve the best value, the most tested and trustworthy technology, an outstanding safety record, responsible and accountable management.”

The Czechs get 60 percent of their oil, 70 percent of their natural gas and all of their nuclear reactor fuel from Russia. That leaves the NATO member highly susceptible to economic and political pressure from Moscow, reports AP.

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