The government is expected on Monday to approve a CZK 1.7 bln plan to
identify suitable sites and begin preparations for building an underground
nuclear waste repository.
The amount is allocated for exploratory work, research and compensation to local communities during the initial phase through 2023.
The repository, in which thousands of tons of spent nuclear fuel should be permanently located at a depth of half a kilometre, is slated to be built by 2065.
The Temelín nuclear power plant is southern Bohemia will be scaling down
production on both its blocks in the coming days due to scheduled
maintenance, the power utility ČEZ reported.
Operation on one will be reduced by ten percent, and the other will operate at half its capacity in order to enable safe maintenance. Both will remain connected to the grip and should return to full capacity by December 24th.
After a night of negotiations in Brussels, EU leaders, with the exception of Poland, have agreed to the European Commission’s Green Deal plan, which aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. One of those who can celebrate is Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who succeeded in having a provision under which some countries can add nuclear power to their energy mix added to the treaty.
Achieving carbon neutrality in the Czech Republic would cost some 675
billion crowns, something that the EU should take into account in the next
EU budget period, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) tweeted on Wednesday.
His assertion came following a meeting with Minister of Environment Richard Brabec (ANO), State Secretary for European Affairs Milena Hrdinková, and the head of power utility ČEZ, Daniel Beneš.
According to Babiš, they have agreed on a strategy for the European Council in Brussels that starts on Thursday and will focus on the bloc’s aim to be carbon neutrality by 2050.
He further reiterated his assertion that the country cannot achieve carbon neutrality without boosting nuclear energy production.
By 2050, nuclear energy could form about one half of the Czech energy mix, and coal and natural gas about 20 percent each.
The Czech energy giant ČEZ will develop small modular nuclear reactors in
cooperation with the American company NuScale, according to ČEZ spokesman
Ladislav Kříž, who told Czech Television that the two companies signed a
memorandum of understanding on Thursday. ČEZ and NuScale will share their
technical knowledge on the matter and look into the possibilities of using
such energy sources in the Czech Republic and across wider Europe.
The Czech government has a majority share in ČEZ and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš stated earlier this year that small scale nuclear power sources are the optimum solution for the country when it comes to constructing new nuclear power plants. NuScale is an industry leader when it comes to the development of these energy sources and is set to launch its first commercial reactor in the US state of Idaho in 2027.
The Czech Republic should have the right to determine its own energy mix,
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told the Czech News Agency on Sunday
ahead of his departure for the United National General Assembly, which also
includes the Sustainable Development Impact Summit.
Mr. Petříček also said nuclear energy represented part of the country’s energy mix and it was an important replacement of the fossil fuels, which are being gradually phased out.
The deputy governor of Lower Austria, Stephan Pernkopf, and former Austrian
minister of the environment Elisabeth Köstinger have not ruled out taking
legal action against the Czech Republic at the EU over the financing of the
completing of the Dukovany nuclear power station in Moravia, the Austrian
daily Kurier wrote on Saturday night. Both politicians have criticised a
positive environmental impact assessment issued on Friday for new nuclear
units at the Czech plant.
The pair said they wanted to hear from the Prague government who would finance the construction project. Once they had done so they would ascertain whether it was possible to file a lawsuit over state support at the EU, Ms. Köstinger said.
The Austrian politicians are also opposed to the extension of the life span at Dukovany’s existing reactors.
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.