Municipalities and legal entities of the region surrounding the Dukovany nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic are pushing to not delay any further the construction works of the new units, in order to boost the region’s economy in a situation when the global economy is slowing down due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Early in March, Czech utility company ČEZ filed for permission with the State Office for Nuclear Safety to build two new nuclear power blocks at Dukovany, concluding a five-year preparations period and being ready for the licensing process in accordance with the Atomic Energy Act.
Members of the association Energy Třebíčsko are underlying how important is the nuclear energy for the country’s economy, as it will create jobs for 5,000 people and involve hundreds of companies in the construction.
“The construction of a new source of nuclear power will fundamentally help the Czech economy, but it’s important that the share of local industry is as high as possible,” commented Vítězslav Jonáš, Energy Třebíčsko chairman, highlighting the importance of the Czech know-how, essential for what is considered to be the largest investment project in the Czech history.
“Addressing climate commitments, economic and stable energy supplies and helping Czech industry: all of these are combined in the project to build new nuclear units, which has already been approved by the government and ČEZ,” he continued.
Furthermore, the country’s response to the pandemic must take into account the importance of security of energy supply and a reduction in energy imports, which the Dukovany nuclear power plant can ensure.
“The current pandemic also shows how difficult it is to rely on European assistance,” Mr Jonáš added.
According to him, when countries closed their borders and people witnessed the shortage of medical supplies, some citizens started to wonder what would happen in the event of a lack of energy supply.
“I also warn against more electricity production from gas-fired power plants and thus dependence on gas imports. The lesson is clear: we must remain self-sufficient,” Mr Jonáš stated.