utility ČEZ has rejected Areva’s appeal of the disqualification of
Areva’s bid to supply two new EPR reactors for Temelin-3 and -4 in the
ČEZ disqualified Areva’s bid October 5 and Areva appealed the decision the same day.
October 29, CEZ said in a statement that “after carefully assessing
each of the grounds” of Areva’s appeal, ČEZ decided to reject the
ČEZ said it has communicated to Areva the detailed grounds why their bid has been excluded.
said the grounds are “crucial and of both commercial and legal nature,”
but that it would not comment on the specific reasons publicly “in
order to keep the public tender correct.”
may now lodge a petition with the Office for Competition Protection
(UOHS) within the statutory period of 10 days for them to review the
contracting entity’s conduct, the ČEZ statement said.
Areva was not immediately available for comment.
Areva out of the competition, that leaves Westinghouse and Rosatom
subsidiary Atomstroyexport as the two remaining bidders to supply the
Temelin-3 and -4 reactors.
tender documentation specified the company’s requirements for the scope
of the public contract, i.e., the supply of two complete blocks of a
nuclear power station on a turnkey basis, including sets of fuel rods
for nine years of operation.
also specified commercial and technical conditions as well as methods
that will be used to evaluate the bids, CEZ had previously said.
reactors being offered had to be licensed in the country of origin or
in one of the EU member states, as well as be compliant with safety
regulations of the IAEA and the Western European Nuclear Regulators
Westinghouse had offered its AP1000, Areva its EPR and Atomstroyexport its MIR 1200 reactor (NPP 2006).