There is a shortage of stone in the Czech Republic

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According to the senior director of the industry and construction section of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MPO), Eduard Muřický, the state is aware of the problem and in the case of strategic buildings designated by the government, the amendment to the law should facilitate mining.

“There is a big risk that if the situation regarding the opening of new mining sites does not change, there really will be nothing to build from in the future and we will be forced to import strategic building materials from abroad, which will make construction more expensive,” said CEEC Research spokeswoman Helena Grofová.

She added that the opening of new quarries is mainly hindered by complex legislation. “We’ve been looking at it for some time,” confirmed Jakub Šimáček, director of concrete producer TBG Metrostav. “Two-thirds of concrete is aggregate,” he said.

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He added that the annual search for a stone supplier who would be able to satisfy the company’s needs is complex, which is of course also reflected in price negotiations.

Muřický also confirmed the negative trend, according to him the MPO is aware of the situation and is trying to solve it. “The trend is negative, we still have some time to reverse it, but we just have to sound the alarm. Czech society as a whole must realize that we will not be well without raw materials,” he said.

He added that there are 207 stone quarries in the Czech Republic that report production, and the worst situation is in the case of stone needed for construction in railway transport.

This was confirmed by Pavel Paidar, director of the Railway Administration’s railway modernization section, according to whom the expansion of mining will also be necessary due to the planned construction of high-speed railway lines.

“I am afraid that in the future we will not be able to do without some major legislative intervention,” he said. He added that the eventual need to import material will mean an increase in the price of construction.

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“Road and railway constructions still need a source of aggregate, but its importation is only effective for a few tens of kilometres,” said Michaela Wranová, director of Skanska’s Resources plant, on the subject.

“If the state or region invests in roads and railways and at the same time the source of raw materials is not in the place, they have to import them from a great distance, which is not only unecological, but also very expensive,” added Wranová.

She added that with regard to the growth of investments in infrastructure and the fact that a new quarry has not opened in the Czech Republic for decades, the situation is undoubtedly heading towards a shortage of aggregates.

According to Muřický, the situation is to be partly solved by the amendment to the line act, which was approved by the Chamber of Deputies at the end of last year.

According to it, in the case of building materials for strategic constructions designated by the government, it will be possible to permit mining more quickly. The amendment also introduces the possibility of expropriation in these cases.

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