Westinghouse, Framatome to supply fuel to Czech nuclear plant

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Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. dependence / dɪˈpɛn dəns / (n.) – the state of needing something or someone for help or support to continue operating or existing

    The president would like to end the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.

  2. reactor / riˈæk tər / (n.) – a large machine used to produce power or nuclear energy

    Reactors use intense heat to produce energy.

  3. double down / ˈdʌb əl daʊn / (phrasal v.) – to be more committed or put more effort into an action, especially when it’s risky

    He decided to double down on his investments despite the fast-changing market.

  4. renewable / rɪˈnjuːəbl / (adj.) – can be replaced naturally without the risk of being all used up

    Wind and solar power are renewable sources of energy.

  5. tender / ˈtɛn dər / (n.) – an invitation for companies to provide supplies or work on a project

    The city hall just put out a tender for its new bridge project.


Read the text below.

Westinghouse Electric Co. and France’s Framatome have been selected to deliver fuel supplies for the Czech Republic’s Temelin nuclear plant, easing the country’s dependence on Russia.

State-controlled power company CEZ said Tuesday that Pennsylvania-based Westinghouse and Framatome will deliver the nuclear fuel for about 15 years, starting in 2024. The deal is worth billions of Czech crowns (1$ = 22.515 Czech crowns), it said.

Russia’s TVEL, the plant’s current supplier and part of Russian energy giant Rosatom, had also bid to supply the fuel.

CEZ said it selected the U.S. and French nuclear power companies so that it could reliably ensure a continuous supply of fuel cells for Temelin’s reactors, while “minimizing the risks of a possible supply outage.”

CEZ operates two 1,000-megawatt reactors at the Temelin plant. Westinghouse had provided fuel supplies to Temelin for 10 years till 2010.

The Czech Republic already relies on six nuclear reactors to generate more than a third of its total electricity. Besides the two in Temelin, CEZ operates another four 510-megawatt units at the Dukovany power plant.

Dukovany has been also using the nuclear fuel from TVEL.

Unlike its western neighbors Austria and Germany, the Czech Republic is doubling down on nuclear power and also renewable energy sources after deciding to phase out coal as a fuel for energy generation by 2033 in order to reduce carbon emissions.

CEZ launched a tender last month to build a new reactor at the Dukovany nuclear plant as the country aims to increase nuclear power generation.

Russia’s Rosatom and China’s CNG were excluded from the tender on security grounds.

This article was provided by The Associated Press.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • Czech Republic is doubling down on nuclear power and renewable energy sources, while other countries still rely on fossil fuels. Do you think that there should be a strict order for all countries to eventually stop using fossil fuels? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • Do you think nations that have already shifted to other sources of energy should support or help coal-dependent countries to do the same? Why or why not? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • What do you think are the pros and cons of depending on other countries for resources (ex. pro: better foreign relations, con: lack of control over resources)? Discuss.
  • Do you think any country can ever be fully self-sufficient? Why or why not? Discuss.