US, Czechs open joint research centre for civil nuclear co-operation in Prague

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PRAGUE – The United States and Czech Republic are increasing co-operation in civilian nuclear energy, opening a joint research centre in Prague for nuclear scientists and engineers from both countries.

About one-third of the Czech Republic’s energy comes from nuclear power, and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday that the centre would be “a catalyst” in the field.

The centre is based at the Czech Technical University in Prague. The U.S. government is contributing $500,000 for the first two years.

Former Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas and President Barack Obama agreed on the project in 2011. The Czech Republic has two nuclear power plants, and U.S.-based Westinghouse Electric Co. and a consortium led by Russia’s Atomstroyexport are bidding to build two more reactors.

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