Date: 05.12.2023

The just-concluded All for Power 2023 conference on November 21 and 22, 2023, likely foreshadowed further progress in the energy transformation of the Czech Republic. Experts in the field understand that energy requires a long-term rational approach, with a clear vision and gradual steps that are interconnected both technically and economically. 
However, the development observed in the energy sector has been primarily driven by political and ideological forces, with little attention given to the voices of engineers and experts.

Experts are now metaphorically addressing hot topics:

  • Significant investments in the energy system are planned to accommodate supported renewable energy sources (RES).
  • A large number of stabilizing sources are being built.
  • Lobbying for a nuclear dual-block is underway.
  • Emphasis is placed on personnel reinforcement in the energy sector.
  • The importance of conventional energy is highlighted because it is indispensable.

During the conference, Mr. Wierzchowski, the Business Development Director of Polskie Elektrownie Jadrowe, delivered a presentation that stood out in the nuclear theme. His presentation showcased the Polish courage to do things differently. Poland knows what it wants, when it wants it, and how to achieve it. Their determination as a supplier, selection of locations, establishment of necessary institutions, and process setup indicate that they will be able to achieve a challenging goal, even though they do not have extensive experience in nuclear energy. This attitude should capture the attention of politicians and public officials in the Czech Republic and offer them a new perspective on the possibilities of nuclear energy advancement.

In our personal discussion, Mr. Wierzchowski confirmed that there is room for synchronization between the Polish and Czech nuclear programs (assuming the Czech side selects the same main supplier as Poland). However, the much-emphasized Czech-Polish interstate coordination, often mentioned by Czech politicians, apparently „was not placed in a real framework.“

From the perspective of the Czech nuclear program, the conference did not bring significant innovations, and it makes no sense to repeat the oft-stated. However, a different theme came to the forefront, aside from the construction of the block at Dukovany and the ideological adoration of SMRs: support for Czech nuclear exports, whether in deliveries or services. Not facing the truth is always a mistake, so let‘s hope that whether the Czech Republic builds or not, nuclear-capable companies in the Czech Republic will find support and opportunities in the Polish market (construction of new nuclear blocks) and the Ukrainian energy market (support for post-war reconstruction).

The conference was not only about nuclear power. We were pleased that the entry of UCED (CREDITAS bank) into the major energy sector brought a breath of fresh air after years, especially in the area we focus on. UCED‘s Business Director, Václav Skoblík, presented the group‘s plans for the construction of new combined cycle power plants. We see our existing collaboration with UCED as a great opportunity for CE ENGINEERING, and we believe that we will create space for the utilization of our sister companies such as Chemcomex and MICO. This combination was represented by the industrial holding CE INDUSTRIES at the conference for both days.