ŠKODA JS concluded an agreement on further deliveries for Ukrainian nuclear power plants

19. 11. 2019

Today, ŠKODA JS a.s. signed an agreement with the Ukrainian NAEK Energoatom on the basic commercial terms and conditions of the contract for the supply of two sets of drives, including accessories, for units 1 and 2 of the Rovno nuclear power plant with VVER 440 reactor.

The scope of supply includes a total of 76 PRO-M control rod drives with accessories, they are the executive element of the reactor control system. The drives ensure linear movement of fuel cassettes, thereby they regulate power and ensure emergency reactor protection. The upgraded PRO-M drive improves operating characteristics and reduces the likelihood of failure of a nuclear power plant unit. The total scope of supply, including accessories, is worth almost EUR 27 million.

This new type is currently supplied to all four units of Dukovany NPP, to four units of the Slovak Mochovce NPP (two units in operation and two in construction), as well as to four units of Paks NPP in Hungary. In total, ŠKODA JS has supplied more than 1,200 sets of drives to domestic and foreign power plants, these drives are, of course, continuously upgraded.

“After the completion of the first two units of the Temelín NPP, ŠKODA JS has been able to maintain not only its capacities, but also the know-how in the nuclear power industry and a team of experts by continuous development of production, engineering and service. We stand firmly on these three pillars and as a result we can expect this year to be the twentieth in a row, which will end with positive economic results,” says Vladimír Poklop, General Director and Chairman of the Board of ŠKODA JS. “We believe that Czech companies will soon have an opportunity on the domestic market to build new nuclear sources. In the meantime, we have focused on finding opportunities especially in Central and Eastern Europe, exports account for more than two-thirds of our turnover today. We have been operating on the Ukrainian market for a long time, we highly appreciate the cooperation with NAEK Energoatom and we see its future perspective, which is confirmed by the agreement signed today.”

ŠKODA JS is based on a skilled and educated team of nearly 1,100 employees, it follows the latest developments in the industry and actively participates in it. The company has been permanently renewing its facilities and equipment, in 2018 ŠKODA JS spent CZK 145 million on the acquisition, modernization and repair of fixed assets.

Jan Stolár
Spokesperson, ŠKODA JS
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ŠKODA JS a.s., a member of the OMZ group, is internationally one of the leading engineering and production companies with experience in construction and service of nuclear power plants. Škoda was founded in 1859, the history of the present ŠKODA JS started in 1956. Throughout its existence, ŠKODA JS a.s. has supplied engineering, equipment and services for nuclear power plants, research reactors and spent nuclear fuel storage facilities in Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, France, Germany, USA, Austria, Belgium and other countries. Up to the present day, ŠKODA JS has produced and supplied 21 complete VVER 440 nuclear reactors and three VVER 1000 reactors. Currently, two thirds of the company's revenue are generated by the Engineering and I&C Divisions, the Production and Service Divisions make the rest.

The state-owned enterprise Energoatom was founded in 1996. It operates four nuclear power plants with 15 units with a total capacity of 13,835 MW, and also has production capacities in two hydroelectric power plants. In total, it provides 55% of the electricity needed in Ukraine, in the winter months this share increases to 70%. Energoatom invests heavily in maintenance and modernization of the existing capacities, in 2018 the volume of investments almost doubled compared to 2017. The number of employees in 2018 reached almost 34,000.