Prunéřov Power Station

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Prunéřov Power Station
Prunéřov Power Station is located in Czech Republic
Prunéřov Power Station
Location of Prunéřov Power Station
Official name Elektrárna Prunéřov
Country Czech Republic
Location Kadaň
Coordinates 50°25′05″N 13°15′32″E / 50.418°N 13.259°E / 50.418; 13.259Coordinates: 50°25′05″N 13°15′32″E / 50.418°N 13.259°E / 50.418; 13.259
Status Operational
Commission date 1967-1968 (EPRU I), 1981-1982 (EPRU II)
Owner(s) CEZ Group
Thermal power station
Primary fuel lignite
Power generation
Units operational 4 × 110 MW (EPRU I)
5 × 210 MW (EPRU II)
Nameplate capacity 1,490 MW

The Prunéřov Power Station (Czech: Elektrárna Prunéřov, EPRU) is the largest coal-fired power station in the Czech Republic with installed capacity of 1,490 MW. It is located near Kadaň.

According to the study Dirty Thirty, issued in May 2007 by the WWF, Prunéřov Power Station is the twelfth-worst power station in Europe in terms of the relation of energy efficiency to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.[1] Power station is largest single source of CO2 in Czech Republic. In 2008 it emitted 9,210 millions of metric tons of CO2.[2] Unit 2 (EPRU II) of Prunéřov power station has a 300-metre (980 ft) tall flue gas stack.

CEZ planned to modernize unit 2, a plan which was challenged in 2010 by Micronesia in the framework of the Espoo Convention on the grounds that the expansion of the power station would impact global warming and through this the environment of Micronesia.[3] According to the Czech environment ministry that modernization plan does not include best available technology.[4] On January 26, 2010 Czech minister of the Environment Jan Dusík (Green Party member) informed he was calling in international experts to carry out an environmental impact assessment of plans to modernize the power station.[5] In March he publicly released the report from Det Norske Veritas, that proved lack of best available technology in the CEZ plan EIA.[6] Shortly after this Minister Dusík resigned, claiming he was under pressure from prime minister Jan Fischer to approve CEZ plan EIA.[7] As a result, the Green party also withdrew his second minister from government. After a short lead by Minister of Agriculture Jakub Šebesta, former CEZ employee Rút Bízková was appointed as Minister of the Environment and after two weeks in office he approved CEZ plan EIA in April.[7]

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