The Czech Republic could build a string of new nuclear plants to generate as much as 80 per cent of its energy demands by 2060.

As the country’s neighbour Germany is pulling the plug on nuclear following the Fukushima catastrophe in Japan, the Czech Industry Ministry is said to be planning a new wave of atomic plants.

Industry and trade minister Martin Kocourek told Reuters that nuclear power was indispensable as a cheap energy source and renewable power would not be sufficient to meet the country’s needs.

An industry ministry draft policy seen by the news agency examines a potential future scenario for nuclear that could see demand forcing a rise in installed capacity to 18.69 GW by 2060 from the current level of 3.78 GW.

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