- Hans Weber
- December 4, 2023
Potential Gigafactory Site at Líně Airport in Pilsen Revealed to be Contaminated, but Remediation Underway
The proposed location for the gigafactory at Líně Airport near Pilsen in the Czech Republic has been found to be contaminated. However, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the ongoing remediation efforts at the site ensure that soil and water contamination will no longer pose a threat to residents. A recent document focused on the development of the Pilsen region highlighted environmental contamination in the area, including Líně Airport, which has been classified as one of the most problematic sites in terms of contamination and its potential risks to human health and the region.
The report indicates that the contamination at Líně Airport includes underground and surface water, as well as soil, with evidence of petroleum products and hazardous metals. Urgent remedial measures are necessary for the most problematic areas, which are currently being financed by the Ministry of Defense. The specific remedial action for soil contamination involves the removal and ecological disposal of the contaminated soil in the area of the original fuel storage bunkers.
Local officials and residents were not entirely surprised by the contamination findings, as discussions about potential contamination have been ongoing. The mayor of Líně and Sulkova, Michal Gotthart, believes that the airport has garnered attention due to the planned gigafactory, which is considered a crucial investment of CZK 120 billion for the automotive industry.
The state, in collaboration with CzechInvest, has conducted exploratory boreholes and penetration tests at the site to gather data for the gigafactory project. Preliminary results indicate that the location is suitable for industrial construction, with minor issues such as contamination that can be addressed through standard procedures. The Ministry of the Environment will refine the results to ensure complete and accurate data.
The planned gigafactory represents a significant investment opportunity for the Czech Republic and the automotive industry. Implementing the project will not only contribute to the elimination of pollution through remediation efforts but also pave the way for the production of batteries for electric cars, fostering the growth of sustainable transportation in the region.
Article by Prague Forum