Energy projects planned and under construction in Slovakia

Cogeneration unit in Malženice is on track

Cogeneration unit in Malženice is on track

CONSTRUCTION of a combined-cycle gas turbine cogeneration plant (CCGT) in Malženice is progressing in line with its plan. German energy concern E.ON announced the construction of the generating station in March 2007 and construction works were launched in October 2008. The SITA newswire wrote in early October that the cost of the project is projected at €400 million.

The commercial operation of the CCGT plant is expected to start at the end of 2010. The installed capacity of the unit will be 430 MW which is comparable with one block of the nearby nuclear power station in Jaslovské Bohunice.

Its efficiency – at 58 percent – should make the power station one of the most advanced and the most environmentally friendly in Slovakia.

Its output should cover the electric energy consumption of 600,000 to 900,000 households and will create 35 permanent jobs in the Trnava area.

E.ON Energie is a 40-percent shareholder in the regional power distributor Západoslovenská Energetika (ZSE).

Compared with classical thermal power stations, combined-cycle gas turbine cogeneration plants are considered to be more ecolo- gical energy sources because of their higher efficiency in generating electricity and lower emissions.

Such stations can also quickly regulate their outputs, making them advantageous for the electrical transmission grid. Its main disadvantage is dependence on gas supplies from Russia.

Comenius University houses the biggest photovoltaic array

THE BIGGEST photovoltaic power station in Slovakia was put into full operation at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics at Comenius University in Bratislava on July 1, 2009. “We have built the research solar energy station on the roof of the pavilion of physics,” said project head Peter Kúšon on the occasion of its launch, as cited by the SITA newswire.

The power station consists of over 450 photovoltaic solar panels and produces about 120 megawatt hours of electricity. For now, the generated power goes into the distribution grid. The power station had a price tag of €500,000 and will be used for research and teaching purposes.

Trebišov generating project faces opposition

THE ENERGY company Československá Energetická Spoločnosť (ČES) wants to build a power plant in Trebišov.

The total installed capacity is planned at 885 MW, with three 240 MW coal-powered fluidised bed combustion units and one 165 MW combined-cycle gas turbine cogeneration unit with an overall price tag of €1.3 billion.

However, the city of Trebišov and its citizens, the Economy Ministry, as well as other parties are campaigning against the project, according to Zemplínsky Denník Korzár daily.

The citizens of Trebišov as well as others in the region are concerned that the power plant would negatively affect the local environment because the plant is to be erected close to the city centre on the premises of a former sugar mill.

The Economy Ministry has also stated that the project is not in line with Slovakia’s strategy of energy security.

JAVYS plans new nuclear power plant at old V1 site

THE STATE-RUN Slovak Nuclear Decommissioning Company (JAVYS) plans to build a brand new nuclear power station in Jaslovské Bohunice.

It is proposing to construct the new reactors on the premises of the V1 nuclear power station, the first two units of the nuclear power station in Jaslovské Bohunice which Slovakia closed down as an obligation when joining the European Union in 2004.

The first of the V1’s two reactor blocks, both of which were built to Soviet VVER 440/230 designs, was shut down on December 31, 2006. The second block was disconnected from the electricity grid on December 31, 2008.

The installed capacity of the new power plant, which is planned to consist of one or two reactors, is projected to be up to 1,700 MW. Its costs are estimated at €4-6 billion.

The feasibility study for the project should be ready in 2010 and the new nuclear power station could be built by 2020.

JAVYS plans to launch a joint-stock company along with the Czech energy group ČEZ tasked with building the plant.

In late October members of Slovakia’s parliament failed to declassify what have been termed confidential articles in the contract between JAVYS and ČEZ under which the joint venture would be established for construction of the facility. Representatives of JAVYS and ČEZ signed the shareholder agreement in May.

Sources: SITA, Zemplínsky Denník Korzár

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