The exemption of the Czech coal power plant Chvaletice in north-east
Bohemia from EU norms would result in 196 premature deaths over a ten-year
period, suggests a report commissioned by the Czech branch of the
environmental organisation Greenpeace.
Under the new rules approved by EU member states, which will come into force in 2021, power plants in the EU will have to significantly cut the amount of pollutants. The company Sev.en Energy, which operates the Chvaletice power plant, has asked for an eight-year exemption from the norms, arguing that lowering emissions would require inadequate expenses.
Czech state-controlled power utility ČEZ reportedly plans to sell its
assets in Romania and Turkey, in addition to a previously reported plans to
divest from Bulgaria.
ČEZ chief Daniel Beneš said in an interview with the business daily Hospodářské noviny that the group is also considering selling some assets in Poland. In total, the Prague-listed company hopes to get tens of billions of crowns from the sales.
Shareholders in ČEZ, which is 70 percent owned by the state, would vote on the new strategy at the annual general meeting on June 26, he told the daily.
Proceeds would be used to construct renewable energy assets and new nuclear units as well as to the modernize ČEZ’s distribution network, he said.
Swiss electricity producer Alpiq has agreed to sell its two Czech
coal-fired power stations to Sev.en Energy, owned by investor Pavel Tykač,
the companies announced on Friday.
The Swiss buyer paid 280 million euros for the plants in Kladno, central Bohemia; and Zlín, southern Moravia.
It said the units can use a fuel mix that includes biomass and two flexible gas turbines, in line with EU environmental standards.
The Czech Republic and Slovakia are considering finding a common deep nuclear waste storage site, Slovak Prime Minister Petr Pellegrini said on Tuesday. Speaking at the European Nuclear Energy Forum in Prague, Mr. Pellegrini told reporters it would be ineffective for the countries to invest billions of crowns into two separate sites. The search for a location for the deep geological nuclear waste repository in the Czech Republic has been going on for several years. There are currently nine localities which are being considered for the purpose. The nuclear storage site should be built by 2065.
If the Czech Republic issues a tender to build a new nuclear power source,
Rosatom will send a proposal, the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade
Denis Manturov told journalists after a bilateral intergovernmental
commission on Wednesday.
His Czech counterpart Marta Nováková (ANO) said one tender conditions would be that the third nuclear power source remain fully under the administration of the Czech Republic once finished.
The intergovernmental commission also discussed mutual cooperation in supporting small- and medium-sized businesses, mutual exports into third-countries and cooperation within the aircraft industry.
The planned new reactor at the Dukovany nuclear power plant in south
Moravia should be built by a subsidiary of the ČEZ energy company, prime
minister and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš said on Thursday. The power
giant ČEZ, which is 70 percent state-owned, operates both the Dukovany and
Temelín power plants.
The head of government also said his cabinet was convinced that the new reactor would pay off. ČEZ conditioned the construction of the new reactor by an electricity price guarantee from the government, but the demand has so far not been met.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is set to visit several European countries
next week, including the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Poland and Hungary,
Reuters agency reported on Thursday.
According to Reuters, the Trump administration is seeking to offer the Eastern European countries alternatives to buying coal and gas from Russia.
Mr Perry is scheduled to meet with government officials on topics from nuclear energy to cyber security and coal and liquefied natural gas exports, says the press release by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has confirmed that the government may put off a decision on how to fund new nuclear reactors for the power utility ČEZ by extending the lifespan of the Dukovany power plant by ten years. The news has brought a cautious response from ČEZ and criticism from the opposition benches.