Prunéřov Power Station

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Prunéřov Power Station
Official nameElektrárna Prunéřov
CountryCzech Republic
Coordinates50°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
Commission date1967-1968 (EPRU I), 1981-1982 (EPRU II)
Owner(s)CEZ Group
Operator(s)ČEZ Group
Thermal power station
Primary fuelLignite
Power generation
Units operational4 × 110 MW (EPRU I)
5 × 210 MW (EPRU II)
Nameplate capacity1,490 MW
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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 (CO
) emissions.[1] The power station is the largest single source of CO
in Czech Republic. In 2008 it emitted 9,210 millions of metric tons of CO
.[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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