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Czech nuclear tender seen pivotal after Fukushima via Reuters

* Bids due for two reactors worth over $10 billion

* U.S., Russian, French firms in the running

* Economic crisis, cloudy energy sector outlook are obstacles

* Deal likely to need government guarantees

By Jan Lopatka

PRAGUE, June 29 (Reuters) – As several European countries retreat from nuclear power, the Czech Republic is taking a big step forward in a tender to build new reactors which some in the industry see as a pivotal test of the technology’s future on the continent.

On Monday three U.S., French and Russian firms will file bids to build two units at the Temelin plant, testing the waters in central and western Europe after the economic crisis and a disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant which stirred safety fears.

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