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Turmoil in Ukraine may provide fresh arguments in favor of Czech NPPs — minister

September 16, 2014, 17:15 UTC+3 PRAGUE
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PRAGUE, September 16. /ITAR-TASS/. A member of the Czech Republic’s government says he sees number of fresh arguments why his country may find it expedient to activate suspended nuclear power plant construction projects in the near future.

Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mladek told an audience of Czech businessmen on Tuesday the current turmoil in Ukraine was the strongest reason why the suspended NPP projects, Temelin and Dukovany, should be finalized and commissioned.

Mladek also suggested creating a three-year reserve of fuel for both nuclear power plants.

“If you have the fuel and the skilled engineers with special qualifications, you will be self-sufficient in energy,” he said. At the moment, Mladek went on to say, as much as 75% of gas the Czech Republic consumes is of Russian origin and the fuel for Czech NPPs is 100% Russian."

Should Western Europe stop receiving gas through Ukraine, the Balkans will be hit the hardest. “The risk of a humanitarian disaster, of people freezing in wintertime is real,” Mladek said.

The Czech-Russian consortium MIR.2000 was among the bidders for finalizing the NPP Temelin. The Czech Republic cancelled the contest last April.

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