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Czech Republic: Intelligence report “russian edge” on Temelin nuclear plant.

Headquarters of BIS in Stodůlky in Prague

A classified Security Information Service (BIS) leaked to the news siteAktualne.cz on Oct. 13 informed that a Russian consortium has “the edge” in the bid to expand the Temelín nuclear power plant.

The tender calls for the construction of two new reactors, with the possibility of building three more in the future.

Three groups – Areva of France, U.S. firm Westinghouse,  and the consortium led by Russia’s Atomstroyexport, which also includes Czech nuclear engineering firm Škoda JS – are vying for the estimated 500 billion Kč ($27.7 billion) tender to expand the Temelin nuclear plant, located in the South Bohemia region.

The Aktualne.cz report cited an anonymous intelligence source within BIS who said, “The Russians are offering know-how and are planning on maximum participation of [Czech] firms.”

Prime Minister Petr Nečas is expected to visit the United States later this month, and he will be meeting peeople of U.S. firm Westinghouse and members of the government, in order to discuss the tender. If Westinghouse or the french are willing to include Czech firms and personnel, as well as know how, then  their chances could improve.