A new steam and gas (so-called combined cycle) power plant, the foundation stone of which was laid in Malženice near Trnava on October 6, will be one of the most advanced and eco-friendly facilities of its kind in Europe, according to its builder.
The new power plant, which should start producing electricity as early as next year, will have an output of 430MW and an efficiency of 58 percent. The facility, to be constructed by German energy company E.ON AG, should supply energy to 600,000-900,000 households.
The foundation stone-laying ceremony was attended by Economy Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek and President of the Trnava Self-Governing Region Tibor Mikuš. E.ON Energie AG chairman Konrad Kreuzer and board member Bernhard Fischer were also present. Jahnátek praised the fact that Slovakia will see construction of a new power plant following a hiatus of more than 10 years. The facility will help the country make up for a deficit in this area following the decommissioning of a nearby nuclear power plant, at Jaslovské Bohunice. “For us as well as for the whole of Slovakia, it's essential that the construction of Malženice power plant sticks to its time schedule, notwithstanding the economic crisis,” Fischer stressed. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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