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Czech Republic boosts nuclear energy sector with new government initiative

Starting on 1 July 2024, the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade established a new Nuclear Energy and New Technologies Section. The aim is to support the development of nuclear energy, which is a key pillar of the Czech Republic’s energy supply.

“Nuclear energy is fundamental to our energy sector and its significance will continue to grow in the coming years,” said the Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Síkela. “By creating this new section, we will ensure the necessary conditions for the advancement of nuclear energy, which includes both the construction of new units and small to medium-sized reactors.” He added that these projects require substantial investment and skilled human resources, involving both the private sector and the state, thus necessitating the establishment of this new section.

The share of nuclear energy in the primary energy mix is expected to gradually reach up to 40 per cent and in gross electricity production, up to 50-65 per cent. This target will be achieved through the operation of existing large nuclear power plants and the construction of new facilities.

The new section will comprise two partially reorganised existing departments within the Ministry, along with the newly established Department of Research, Development and Support in Nuclear Energy.

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