The vast majority of parties who have a realistic chance of winning seats in the lower house in October’s general elections are not against the completion of the Temelín nuclear plant assuming that it is safe and affordable. Only the Greens and Senator Tomio Okamura’s Dawn of Direct Democracy party are against the plan to build two more nuclear reactors at Temelín, citing safety reasons and pointing out that the cost of building Temelín’s first two reactors was double the amount originally projected. A final decision on the plant’s completion is expected in late 2014 or early 2015.
Czech households’ electricity bills will be lower next year as the country’s dominant electricity producer ČEZ has announced it will slash its prices, and its rivals are expected to follow suit. ČEZ said that its most popular tariff will be 15 percent cheaper, and it has also offered its clients a two-year fixed tariff at an even lower price. More
The Czech-based carmaker Škoda Auto revealed the pricing of its new Spaceback model at the Frankfurt motor show on Tuesday. The basic model Spackback Fresh will cost some 270,000 crowns, or around 14,000 US dollars. The car producer has also began accepting orders for the new model which will go on sale in early October in the Czech Republic and other European countries.
Expert analysis commissioned by Germany’s opposition Green Party, has questioned the safety of the Temelín nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic. The latest issue of the German weekly Der Spiegel reported on the matter. According to the magazine, the study cast doubt on the quality of welds between Temelín’s pressure vessel and the surrounding cooling system, arguing that their quality was not well-documented or that existing documentation contained mistakes. The matter has been raised before and Czech experts found no defects in construction. Germany’s environment minister, Peter Altmaier, according to the publication, also saw no reason to press for additional tests at the Czech plant, earning him criticism from opponents of nuclear energy in Germany.
A group of German anti-nuclear activists staged protests against the Temelin nuclear power plant at three border crossings with the Czech Republic on Saturday. According to the DPA news agency the protests took place at Saska Kamenice/Chemnitz, Amberg and the German town of Marktredwitz, located some 20 kms west of Cheb. The demonstrators called on the Czech authorities to close down the south Bohemian power plant and protested against plans for its expansion by another two nuclear reactors by 2025. The Czech side is still in the process of considering bids and it is not certain that the project will go ahead as planned.
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In Business News this week: viewers get a first glimpse of the redesigned Škoda YETI; the grain and rapeseed harvests this year are a success; the number of self-employed has moved closer to one million; tourist agencies are offering clients travelling to Egypt a chance to switch destinations at the last minute; the Czech Republic is out of recession. More
Plzen’s Škoda Transportation company has gained a major contract with the transit authority in Bratislava, Slovakia. The deal, according to Czech Radio’s was for 15 trams for around 9.5 billion crowns, the equivalent of almost 37 million euros.
The head of the Czech antitrust office Petr Rafaj has rejected an appeal lodged by the French company Areva against its exclusion from a multi-billion crown tender on the completion of the Temelin nuclear power plant in south Bohemia. The decision confirms an earlier verdict made by the antitrust office. The Czech power utility ČEZ, which operates the plant, excluded Areva from the tender in October of last year, on the grounds that the submitted bid contained serious errors. Areva has filed several unsuccessful appeals against its exclusion. The bidders that remain in the running are the Czech-Russian consortium Mir 1200 and the US-Japanese company Westinghouse. ČEZ, which was expected to announce the winner of the tender in the autumn of this year, has said it would postpone the decision by at least a year.
The power giant ČEZ has decided to postpone a decision on the completion of the Temelín nuclear power plant by at least a year, the head of the company’s planning department Pavel Cyrani told the economic weekly magazine Euro. Mr. Cyrani said the decision would only be made after the approval of a long term state energy strategy and the possible approval of a fixed price on energy from the two new reactors. The government was to have selected the winner of a multi-billion crown tender on the completion of Temelín in the autumn of this year, but there has been increasing controversy over whether the country needs two more nuclear reactors in the first place.