For more than a decade, and step by step, we moved from mining further down the value chain and grew into the company we are
today, operating coal mines and power plants and trading in the European energy market – the latter having been an important step
in responding to the transforming European energy markets.
Today, we strive to build a European asset base to offer a wide range of services to the European market for energy. We believe our
core business to stay in demand for quite some time to come since energy systems running on large and rising shares of volatile
renewable electricity generation will need flexible, reliable assets.
Our core objective is to supply safe and reliable electricity and heat, while containing the social and environmental impact of our business, wherever possible.
The Group entered the energy market in 2013, when it bought the Chvaletice power station from the ČEZ Group. This move marked the Groups entry into the electricity and heat markets as new major utilities. Today, it is one of the major utilities on the Czech energy market, using lignite from the self-operated ČSA surface mine to generate electricity.
Moreover, Sev.en Energy operates the lignite-fired Chvaletice power station in the East Bohemian Region that processes lignite from Northern Bohemia. The four power station units generate electricity combining standard products covering base load (24 hours) as well as peak load (12 hours), featuring a dynamic output from 100 to 820 MW.
“In 2016, the group invested in overhauling two units of the Chvaletice power plant, with the aim of effectively curbing emissions. The remaining two units will be ready in 2021. What we promise in terms of prospects and plans are sound and transparent.”
General Manager of Chvaletice Power Plant
Sev.en Engineering focuses on preparation and
realisation of modernisation projects, which guarantee
reliable and ecological operation of classical power plants.
The scope of our services includes: project preparation, the realisation of constructions, technical and organisational activities in the areas of fire protection and occupational safety. The unit is also responsible for maintenance and technical support for the Chvaletice Power Plant.
“We continue the famous tradition of Czech mechanical engineering. The professional competence and long experience of the whole team creates a perfect balance between the optimal planning of power production and the need to protect our environment.”
Director of Sev.en Engineering
Sev.en Commodities is a major player in the Czech energy market and an active player on the German and Austrian power markets. The company actively trades in electricity, coal and emission allowances at European wholesale markets through energy exchanges (European Energy Exchange for power and ICE – Intercontinental Exchange for emission allowances and financial coal products), brokers, and trade counterparts.
The trading part of the group provides production optimisation, hedging, and dispatch control for the Sev.en Energy Chvaletice power station in the Czech Republic. The company trades also in physical coal products from Group’s mines as well as financial coal products on the exchange.
Sev.en Energy operates the lignite-fired Chvaletice power station in the East Bohemian Region which burns lignite from Northern Bohemia. Electricity production in four power station units each of installed capacity 205 MW makes it possible to offer ancillary services to stabilize Czech transmission grid. This generating capacity has been greened up to a certain extent and preparations for its further upgrade and greening are currently underway.
“Creation of a central commodity trading unit is crucial to effective utilization of the Group´s energy assets and margin maximalization. We aim to provide the Group with professional energy trading services and grow our hedging and trading activities on a European scale.”
Director of Sev.en Commodities
Traditionally rooted in the conventional power-generating business, we are
engaged in the extraction of coal. We are committed to mining domestic lignite responsibly, thereby decreasing the Czech Republic’s foreign energy
dependence, while enhancing our industry’s competitiveness and scaling up
affordable heat for households.
Sev.en Energy operates two lignite mines: The lignite surface mine CSA and the Vrsany mine, both located in Northern Bohemia. Through our operations, we contribute to preserving a significant share of lignite in the Czech Republic’s energy mix.
The ČSA surface mine holds 750 million tonnes of the finest quality lignite
reserves – a precious extra that safeguards affordable energy beyond the
currently fixed mining limits that were decided in 2015 when the Czech
government took the decision to continue phasing out the ČSA Mine.
Should those restrictions remain in place by 2020, operations are due to end
around 2024, after which work will start on mothballing or reclaiming the
The coal reserves of the state-of-the-art Vršany mine have the longest remaining lifespan in the country. In 2013, the company entered into a fifty-year coal supply agreement with the ČEZ Počerady power station. The mine continues to be an important economic backbone for the region, extracting around 7 million tonnes of lignite per year with more than 700 employees.
“We strive to limit the environmental impact of our business. More than two thirds of the area affected by our mining activities have been reclaimed or are undergoing reclamation (e.g. forestry, agriculture, hydro or parkland).”
General Manager of Mining companies in the group