A top Czech Republic official has expressed dissent against Czech energy firm CEZ’s proposal to construct an 841MW gas-fired power station as it would increase pollution in the area.

Deputy governor for the Ustecky region Arno Fisera said that CEZ must close the local coal-fired power station if it wants to move forward with the facility, writes Reuters.

The governor told Reuters that the proposal is not in line with the regions plans. He said that new power sources should be more efficient and generate less emissions than the existing ones.

CEZ unveiled plans in June to build a CZK20bn ($1.10bn) gas power plant to increase its gas-fired capacity.

The power firm said that project work would commence in 2010 and the plant would become operational in April 2013.

The Czech environment ministry, which addresses concerns and protests of local authorities, is to take the final decision on construction of the gas plant.