Serbia a step closer to building a nuclear power plant

Serbia’s Ministry of Energy launched yesterday a public tender for drafting of a preliminary technical study to explore the potential use of civil nuclear power in the country.

The selected experts will have to conduct a detailed comparative analysis of available technologies on the market, including small modular reactors (SMRs) and conventional reactors, the Ministry said in an invitation to submit bids.

Interested bidders can submit their proposals until July 16, the statement read.

The estimated value of the procured work is 14.6 million dinars. The project is expected to be implemented in the second quarter of the year and to be completed within eight months, the statement read.

Earlier this week, while announcing the pending launch of the tender, Serbian Energy Minister, Dubravka Đedović Handanović, said that French state-owned energy giant Electricite de France (EDF) had already expressed interest in participating in the procedure.

In April, Serbia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EDF on establishing long-term cooperation in the field of energy transition and low-carbon technology, which creates conditions for establishing a strategic partnership with EDF in assessing the potential for the development of the civil nuclear programme in Serbia. The agreement includes support for the development of professional personnel and the exchange of technical knowledge.

Earlier, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said that Serbia was interested in building at least four small nuclear modular reactors to boost its energy capacities in the future.

(Blic, 19.06.2024)

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