Conversion of the ČSA Coal Mine

The conversion project at the ČSA coal mine will create alternative uses for the site, gradually transforming individual parts of the complex and breathing new life into them. It responds to the gradual phasing-out of all remaining coal mining activities in the area, including the closure of coal mine sites and the subsequent dismantling of their infrastructure (both above and below ground).

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What will the project create?

The project forms part of the integrated POHO2030 development concept and complements the other projects in the programme, playing an important role in revitalizing community life throughout the region. It responds to the gradual phasing-out of all remaining coal mining activities in the area, including the closure of coal mine sites and the subsequent dismantling of their infrastructure (both above and below ground). The conversion project at the ČSA coal mine will create alternative uses for the site, gradually transforming individual parts of the complex and breathing new life into them.

 

What needs to be changed?

Phasing out coal mining is a highly complex and long-term process which presents a number of major challenges related to ownership structures, processes and above all safety. In most cases, it involves the dismantling and removal of infrastructure which could potentially be used as a springboard for redevelopment. This POHO2030 project aims to preserve this essential infrastructure and harness the resources of the EU’s Just Transition Fund to modernize it for future use.

 

How will it help the region?

The POHO2030 programme defines the ČSA coal mine as a key location for the development of the entire region. The mine offers a number of advantages which will help to drive an effective transformation:

  • Existing infrastructure (electricity, water, electric/gas distribution grids)
  • Potential for extracting mine gases and processing to generate electricity/heat/H2
  • Potential for smartgrid and renewable energy production
  • Lower energy costs have the potential to attract investors
  • Involvement of local companies will boost the local economy
  • Community energy development point (city of Karviná, municipality of Doubrava)

 

Who are we working with?

Our partners in the project include DIAMO (the state-owned company that manages a range of processes and activities connected with mine closures), the OKD mining corporation, and the cities of Orlová and Havířov. Other partners are local companies (primarily Green Gas DPB, a.s.), and negotiations on potential partnership are underway with the energy provider Veolia Energie ČR, a.s.

 

How much will it cost?

Estimated costs: 2.6 billion CZK

 

What is the plan?

The first step towards the conversion of the complex will involve the production of energy using mine gases and renewable resources, as well as the arrival of companies specializing in efficient waste sorting, processing and recycling. The Lazy coal mine site is defined in the POHO2030 programme as a community energy development point; it will serve the city of Karviná and the municipality of Doubrava.

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