Three Czech power line projects have been graded as projects of common interest and transnational importance by the European Commission and are subsidised by EU infrastructure funds. With these new 400kV lines, TSC member ČEPS, the Czech transmission system operator (TSO), contributes not only to grid stability and supply security in Czechia, but also to cross-border electricity trading and the developement of the pan-European transmission system.
One of the three lines has already been put into operation in September 2016 (with concluding works still going on). It runs from the substation Krasíkov to its counterpart Horní Životice, thus linking the Olomouc to the Moravian-Silesian region. The line has been funded with CZK 90m (about €3.3m). ČEPS hopes for further €2m for the planning of the nationwide power lines from Vítkov to Přeštice and from Vernéřov to Vítkov connecting the Moravian-Silesian region in the very east of Czechia to the westward regions of Karlovy Vary and Plzeň. The line construction is to be accompanied by the construction of a new electrical substation in Vítkov and the expansion of the already existing substation in Přeštice. The EU funds ČEPS has applied for are intended to prepare the documentation of zoning permits.
Jan Kalina, Chairman of the ČEPS Board of Directors, comments on the EU fundings: “The investment plan of the ČEPS Company includes projects, which ensure reliable operation of the transmission system in the Czech Republic and also contribute to meeting European targets with regard to the security of the whole interconnected system.”
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