In an effort to increase energy security in the Czech Republic, the European Union is investing more than €46 million from the European Regional Development Fund to modernise and extend the electricity substation of Kočín, southern Bohemia, Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said on 16 September, adding that this one of the most important node in the Czech transmission system.

According to the Commission, when completed in November 2023, the project will increase the country’s energy security, ensuring reliable operations even in extreme conditions.

“This EU investment will boost energy security of the Czech Republic as well as the region by reducing the risk of blackouts and by facilitating the import of clean energy from neighbouring countries,” Šefčovič said. “It is yet another example of the Energy Union delivering on the ground.”

In addition to improving the quality, reliability and sustainability of electricity supplies to customers, this project will indeed increase the country’s capacity to access renewable energy from neighbouring countries.

The extension of the Kočín substation will enable the implementation of two other Projects of Common Interest: the connection of a second circuit on the existing Kočín-Preštice power line and the new 120 kilometre-long Kočín-Mírovka overhead line, the Commission said, adding that these two projects will reinforce the Priority Corridor for north-south Electricity Interconnections in central-eastern and south-eastern Europe, increasing the Czech Republic’s access to renewable energy – mainly wind energy from Germany and solar power from Italy – and helping cut greenhouse gas emissions in the country.