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CEZ Plans To Construct More Gas-Powered Plants

CEZ Plans To Construct More Gas-Powered Plants
Nabucco pipeline

A comprehensive analytic report created by joint efforts of three ministries - Ministry of Industry, Foreign and Interior Ministries – and recently discussed by government states that plans of CEZ, the state energetic company, to construct new gas-powered plants are very likely to intensify dependence of the Czech Republic on Russian natural gas deliveries.

According to the report such dependency threatens millions of Czech citizens making them vulnerable in such situations as that of this year’s Russian-Ukrainian dispute over gas deliveries and payment that arouse in January. And one of the most exposed to such a threat Czech cities is the capitol city of Prague.

But construction of new natural gas powered plants to replace the old coal-burning facilities seems almost unavoidable. Eva Novakova, the CEZ spokeswoman, informed Aktuálně.cz that the project of building new gas-powerer heating plants was already approved by the company’s management and the existing coal-powered blocks will be gradually closed afted 2015.

In addition, wider use of natural gas for heating purposes means lower greenhouse gasses emissions. Draft policies of climate protection recently completed by the Ministry of Environment, intend far greater natural gas use in the Czech Republic. Thus, the main aim now is to diversify sources of gas delivery in order to weaken the dependency on Russian Federation.

As a possible example of such diversification Minister Ladislav Mika cited the Nabucco pipeline. Also he stated that it is very important to maximize the diversity of domestic energy sources and focus on savings.

Image: Nabucco pipeline (wikimedia.org)

Date: 28/10/2009

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