CEZ completing nuclear feasibility study, environmental impact to be assessed

Friday, March 7, 2008

PRAGUE (Thomson Financial) - CEZ is completing a feasibility study on the development of nuclear energy in the Czech Republic and it is possible that an environmental impact assessment (EIA) on the expansion of the group's Temelin nuclear power plant could start this year, a company spokeswoman said.

The study shows building two new blocks at the power group's 2000 MW nuclear plant in Temelin is 'the most convenient and therefore the most preferred' option, Eva Novakova said.

'It is possible that this year the evaluation of a (new) nuclear power plant project and the EIA could start, although it depends whether we get some signal that nuclear power has some support.'

The current government, which includes the Green Party, had said in its programme it has no plans to construct further nuclear capacities, although the prime minister and several other officials have spoken out in favour of expanding the country's nuclear power capacity.

Nuclear power makes up about one-third of the output of CEZ, the country's dominant power producer.

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