Update: 02.01.2020 11:39
Temelín (Českobudějovicko) – Temelín and Dukovany Nuclear Power Plants produced 30.24 terawatthours (TWh) of electricity last year. This is about 0.3 TWh more year-on-year. Production increased in both power plants and should continue to grow this year. Temelín's higher production contributed to the high reliability of the power plant and managed shutdowns, while Dukovany is responsible for higher production shorter shutdowns, said Temelín spokesman Marek Sviták to ČTK today.
It is the third highest production in nuclear power plants in the history of the Czech Republic. As in previous years, six nuclear generating units emitted more than a third of the Czech Republic's emissions. “I'm not completely satisfied. Clearly, the highest priority for us will always be safety, but I still see reserves in production,” said Bohdan Zronek, member of the Board of Directors and CEZ Group Nuclear Power Division. There are 2800 people in both power plants.
The increase compared to last year roughly corresponds to the annual consumption of 100,000 Czech households. To generate more than 30 TWh of electricity, conventional power plants would have to burn over tens of millions of tons of coal and emit over 20 million tons of carbon dioxide.
Temelín generated 15.76 TWh of electricity last year, up by 0.1 TWh year-on-year. It is the second highest production ever. “The good result is the high reliability of over 98 percent, the handling of both shutdowns and the quality of work of our people and suppliers.
Temelín has achieved the highest production in the last three years. Most of the electricity was produced in 2017, namely 16.48 terawatt hours. It was an extraordinary year, when there was only one outage, two are common every year.
Dukovany, where there are four nuclear units, produced 14.48 TWh of electricity last year, 0.23 TWh more than in 2018. It is the fourth highest generation ever since the plant was built. “But our priority will always be safety and reliability. We count on the 60-year operation of our units and we do everything with this long-term perspective. Therefore, we focused our attention on detailed equipment inspections, maintenance and upgrades,”
Temelin, which has two nuclear units, is planning two shutdowns this year. The first will start on March 13 on Unit 1, and the second will shut down power plants in June. Both shutdowns should last approximately two months. Dukovany has been unplanned shutting down the fourth unit since 24 December last year; Spokesman Dukovan Jiri Bezdek told CTK today.
Temelín, with 1,300 employees, is the largest electricity producer in the country, covering approximately one fifth of domestic consumption. CEZ started the power plant in December 2000.
Dukovany covers one fifth of electricity consumption in the Czech Republic. The first nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic was built in 1978 and four units were put into operation gradually from 1985 to 1987.
CEZ is the largest Czech energy company, the state holds approximately 70 percent of shares through the Ministry of Finance. The company's net profit for the last three quarters increased by approximately half year on year to 13.6 billion crowns.
The National Investment Plan foresees the construction of two new nuclear units totaling CZK 300 billion. One is to be built in 2029 in Dukovany, the other so far without setting the date of construction in Temelín.