Dominant Czech electricity producer CEZ a.s. will close all three remaining units of its coal-fired Detmarovice power plant, with a total capacity of 600 MW, by the end of the 2022-2023 heating season at the latest, the company said in a statement on April 6. The three units in the eastern Moravian region, mostly using locally mined hard coal, could close at the earliest by the end of 2022, CEZ said. A fourth unit with a capacity of 200 MW was shut down in 2020.
It previously tried to sell the Detmarovice plant, its only facility using hard coal, but eventually decided to spin it off into an independent unit with financial accounts separated off from the rest of the power group.
CEZ has already announced long-term plans to close most of its coal-fired capacity, which mostly uses lignite sources from its own mining company, by 2040, with the exception of its 660-MW Ledvice power plant. The Czech government still has to give final approval to the recommendation of a government-appointed coal commission calling for all coal-fired power generation to be phased out by 2038.
CEZ’s next coal-fired unit due to close is the 500-MW Melnik III unit, around 60 kilometers north of Prague, which the company said in March is likely to close mid-August this year. CEZ added at the same time that its carbon footprint is expected to be reduced by 12% in 2021 after a 10% reduction in 2020.