France’s Areva has filed a protest against the decision made by the Czech Anti-Monopoly Office confirming its exclusion from the 10 billion dollar tender for the completion of the Temelin nuclear power plant in southern Bohemia. A spokeswoman for the company said Areva was convinced that the Anti-Monopoly Office had failed to comply with a number of requirements for tender review proceedings set by Czech and European law. It believes the office made the decision surprisingly swiftly and did not take into account 95 percent of the evidence Areva produced in its own defence.
Areva was rejected from the tender for allegedly failing to meet legislative and commercial requirements. Westinghouse Electric Corp. and a Russian-Czech group led by Rosatom Corp.’s unit ZAO Atomstroyexport are still competing for the deal. ČEZ should choose the winner in mid- 2013 and sign a final contract with the respective company by the year’s end.