The junior partner in the current Czech coalition government says adding a new reactor at the Dukovany nuclear power plant is “a logical step” in the country’s energy strategy.

The Christian Democratic Party Chairman Pavel Belobradek told local media that the plant’s four existing nuclear reactors, operated by CEZ, should have their lifespan extended by 10 years, with Dukovany’s skilled personnel and developed infrastructure make it the first candidate for expansion.
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CEZ, in which the state controls 70 per cent, cancelled a $15 billion tender for two reactors at the Temelin nuclear power station in April because the government declined to provide guarantees on the price of power generated by them. The government still expects nuclear power to play a significant role in the country’s long-term energy strategy, to be finalized by the end of this year.

“We will have to make a decision very soon, within months,” said Belobradek, whose Christian Democrats are the smallest party in a three-way ruling coalition. “As for Temelin, everything is ready for two new blocs, but it’s first and foremost a question of finances.”