ČEZ says it sees no obstacle in the Temelín nuclear power plant operating
for 60 years. The state-controlled power company said a technical and
economic investigation found no fundamental safety or technical reason why
the first reactor could not operate until 2060 and the second unit until
2062. The plant in South Bohemia, around 45 kilometres from the Austrian
border, is the biggest single electricity producer in the Czech Republic.
The head of the Czech nuclear regulator, Dana Drábová, warned earlier this year that while there might not be technical problems with a 60-year operating life span for Temelín, stricter EU rules pushed by non-nuclear member states might make this impossible.
Car maker BMW is set to get incentives worth 18.7 million euros to build a
test centre for self-driving and electric vehicles in the Czech Republic
under a memorandum approved by the Czech government on Monday.
The construction of BMW’s first vehicle testing project in Eastern Europe should create several hundred jobs. The project should include the testing of driver-assistance and braking systems.
BMW is to receive a building permit in the last quarter of 2019 and the test centre should be operational by 2022.
The Czech investment group of Karel Komárek, focused on energy and
betting, is preparing to make a bid for the assets of Germany company
Innogy in the Czech Republic according to the group’s spokesman.
Innogy’s assets cover gas distribution, gas storage, electricity distribution and heat and power production. The company has around 1.7 million customers in the Czech Republic.
Komárek’s KKCG group says it is likely to lodge its bid within the next days. An offer from the Macquarie investment group, already present in the Czech Republic with ownership of energy assets, is also expected.