Amendments to the so-called low-carbon law, which will now be signed by the president, result from June agreements between the government and the opposition. Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (YES) agreed to the changes. According to him, the law is necessary for the future of nuclear energy in the Czech Republic.
The law envisages that the state will not be able to use the offers of companies from Russia or China to complete the Dukovany power plant. It will be possible to use only technology from suppliers from countries that have acceded to the international agreement on government procurement from 1996 for construction. Russia and China are not among these countries. According to the Senate regulation, technologies not dependent on unauthorized suppliers should not be used not only for the construction but also for the maintenance of the new unit.
The law is also intended to prevent the Ministry of Industry from concluding a contract for the purchase of electricity, if it would endanger security, sovereignty, energy security, long-term stability of energy supplies, significant property values or other important interest of the Czech Republic. According to the senatorial regulation, the ministry would have to, not only could, request the opinions of the ministries of the interior and foreign affairs, all three secret services and the National Office for Cyber and Information Security. If any of these institutions did not agree with the treaty, the government would have to submit it to the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate for approval.
Among other things, the standard is intended to enable the Ministry of Industry and Trade to provide repayable financial assistance for the construction of the Dukovany power plant. The law, nicknamed Lex Dukovany, is also intended to introduce a method of determining the purchase price from the new unit of the Dukovany power plant, which is related to securing project financing. The law proposed by the government envisages that if the purchase price is higher than the price of so-called power electricity on the market, the difference will be paid by all consumers through tariffs. In the second case, where the purchase price is lower than the market price, the impact on consumers will be the opposite. Power electricity is an unregulated part of the final price of electricity for customers. During the more than four-hour senate debate, there was talk of prices of 50 to 70 euros (up to 1,772 CZK) per megawatt-hour.
The environmental organizations of the Rainbow and Calla Movement opposed the law, according to which “The standard unilaterally and powerfully favors uncompetitive nuclear energy over other sources”.
According to the Senate’s recommendation, the government should announce an international tender for the completion of another nuclear unit in the Czech Republic. It should ensure “the most efficient, safe, economically and time-efficient option with regard to the national security of the Czech Republic, which will ensure the highest possible involvement of Czech subcontractors and ultimately a stable and sustainable low energy price for customers and the national economy.” Chairman of the ODS deputies Zbyněk Stanjura he called on the government not to hesitate to announce a tender.
The government announced in mid-April that In response to information on the share of the Russian secret service in the explosions in the ammunition complex in Vrbětice in the Zlín region in 2014, the Czech Republic decided not to invite the Russian company Rosatom to the tender.. Ministers approved a resolution that the so-called safety questionnaire will be sent only to potential suppliers from France, South Korea and the United States, ie EDF, KHNP and Westinghouse. The Chinese company CGN has already been phased out. According to Havlíček, the price of the contract can only be determined on the basis of offers. There is talk of 162 to 400 billion crowns.
Source: Blesk.cz by www.blesk.cz.
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