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Preparations for the OKD’s project of coal mining expansion at Karviná Mine continue. Bought-out houses are being demolished in Karviná-Staré Město; buy-outs to continue next year

Preparations for the OKD’s project of coal mining expansion at Karviná Mine continue. Bought-out houses are being demolished in Karviná-Staré Město; buy-outs to continue next year

Ostrava (23 August 2013) – Despite the difficult situation on the coal market, OKD keeps preparing its coal mining expansion project at the ČSA site, Karviná Mine in new areas in order to extend the mine’s lifetime until 2035. The development project is crucial to secure OKD’s future and to maintain employment opportunities in the region. Despite the adopted cost saving measures, the company proceeds in demolishing the bought-out houses and works on a detailed schedule to set the buy-out plan for future.

 

“So far, we have concluded an agreement settling proprietary claims for 106 houses in Staré Město. That is almost a half of all the houses in the area that will have to be bought out due to the coal mining expansion project at Karviná Mine. It takes three to four months on average to obtain a demolition permit; however, as non-profit organizations and initiatives get involved in the process with their appeals, this time can often take twice as long,” says Ján Fabián, OKD CEO.

 

The company has submitted 69 demolition applications so far and 28 demolition decrees have been issued. 27 applications are currently being processed by the Building Department of the Karviná Municipality; in 14 cases, civic associations appealed against the decision to the Regional Authority of the Moravian-Silesian Region. Based on previous experience, the Regional Authority clearly tends to turn such appeals down. In Karviná-Staré Město, 10 houses have already been demolished; three more are currently subject to demolition.

The company strives to execute demolitions of the houses it took over without any undue delay so as to minimize the impact on the quality of life of citizens living in Karviná-Staré Město and to prevent looting.

 

It is assumed that the Karviná Mine should start mining first coal in the new areas in 2016. OKD has been preparing a comprehensive documentation assessing the impacts of coal mining on the environment (the so-called EIA Report) that should be completed by the end of the year. This documentation, together with other legal requirements, is a pre-requisite to start any mining activity as the company has to include therein the solution to comments presented by the government and local authorities, civic associations and individuals.

 

“This project will open further reserves of mostly high-quality coking coal and secure the mine’s future for another twenty years. And it is the higher share of coking coal in OKD’s production that is important to ensure a stable financial position of the company. The expansion project at Karviná Mine will also provide secure jobs of more than 4,000 employees. Most of them live in the Karviná district that is, in the long-term, subject to high structural unemployment. That makes the project even more important for the region,” adds Fabián.

 

Marek Síbrt

Spokesperson of OKD, a.s.

Phone:            596 262 096                           Mobile:            725 500 509
E-mail:            marek.sibrt@okd.cz                Web: www.okd.cz

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