ŠKODA JS will supply new parts for Dukovany reactor operation for almost 1 billion CZK

5. 3. 2024

Engineering company ŠKODA JS a.s., one of Europe's leading companies in the nuclear power industry, will supply new sets of control rod drives for Dukovany nuclear power plant between 2025 and 2028. These are the elements of the reactor's upper unit that ensure its stable power output or enable its regulation.

The company based in Pilsen has already concluded a contract worth close to CZK 1 billion following its winning of a public tender. The complete delivery, including the option, covers a total of 98 of these engineering assemblies. These are several meters long, made of stainless steel, produced with minimal tolerances and requiring exceptional reliability. This is not the first delivery from the Pilsen-based company. ŠKODA JS has already delivered 116 pieces of this type of equipment to Dukovany in the past.

"The control element drives for the control and management system of the VVER 440 reactor are one of our important series productions. Besides Dukovany, we also supply them to several Ukrainian power plants. Currently, a set of them is ready for shipment to the Rovno nuclear power plant," stated František Krček, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Director of ŠKODA JS a.s.

"The delivery of the new drives for Dukovany NPP is divided into six separate stages starting with the year 2025. It is another important reference for us and, given that the Dukovany plant is expected to operate for at least 60 years, it is likely to continue in the event of our success in the tender," added the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of ŠKODA JS a.s. Petr Altschul.              

Production of drives for the regulators/rods for the VVER 440 reactor at the ŠKODA JS a.s Pilsen-Bolevec production plant. The weight of one drive (type designated PRO-M) is close to 1 ton (915 kg) and in total it is over 10 meters long when inserted (10.234 m to be exact). 

Karel Samec, the spokesman
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ŠKODA JS a.s., part of the ČEZ Group, is one of Europe's leading engineering and manufacturing companies with experience in the construction and servicing of nuclear power plants. Škoda was founded in 1859, and the history of today's ŠKODA JS begins in 1956. Since then, it has been continuously active in the industry. During its existence, the company has supplied and delivered engineering, equipment and service for nuclear power plants, research reactors and spent nuclear fuel storage facilities in Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, France, Germany, USA, Austria, Finland, Belgium, UK, PRC, Armenia, and other countries. ŠKODA JS a.s. has manufactured and delivered 21 complete VVER 440 nuclear reactors and three VVER 1000 reactors. Since the 1990s, it has also focused on Western markets and technologies. It cooperates with the world's leading companies in the field. The company's 2023 financial results are not yet publicly available. ŠKODA JS a.s. employs more than 1,000 highly qualified professionals.