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11/06/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/06/2023 04:20

Temelín-České Budějovice heat pipeline exceeds initial cost estimates

Temelín-České Budějovice heat pipeline exceeds initial cost estimates

Temelin, South Bohemia, Nov 6 (CTK) - The Temelin nuclear power plant delivered 50 terajoules (TJ) of heat to Ceske Budejovice in the first month of operation of the heat pipeline between the plant and the city, Temelin spokesman Marek Svitak has told journalists.

When asked by CTK, CEZ also specified the costs of constructing the 26-km-long hot water pipeline. Originally, the price was expected to reach Kc1.69bn, but now the estimate has increased to Kc2.4bn, according to Svitak.

The total expected costs of Kc2.4bn include expenses related to the insolvency of the original contractor, builder Tenza, according to Svitak.

CEZ originally announced that the hot pipeline would start supplying heat to Ceske Budejovice at the turn of 2020 and 2021. The construction started in spring 2019, which was a delay of about two years. From the end of 2020, work stopped for about a year, as construction company Tenza fell into insolvency. At the end of 2021, CEZ selected new companies to complete the hot pipeline, Elte and Energie - stavebni a banska.

On average, Temelin delivered water heated to 110 degrees Celsius to Ceske Budejovice's heating plant during the first month. "In peak winter, water at 140 degrees Celsius should flow into Budejovice," Temelin head Jan Kruml said. In the remainder of the year, the supplied water is to have 90 degrees.

The pipeline is to cover 30 percent of the heat demand in Ceske Budejovice, delivering 750 terajoules per year. It is expected to be in operation or at least 20 years.

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