Officials at Polish coal producer Węglowa S.A. said earlier in 2013 they were interested in NWR’s assets, while Czech news website www.aktualne.cz reported that Czech businessman Petr Otava expressed interested in the metallurgical plant.

Fabian also reiterated the firm’s decision to close down its Paskov hard coal shaft near Ostrava by Q4 2014, despite government calls to extend mining there at the company’s cost until 2016.

Mining, said Fabian, could only continue if the Prague government took on losses from the mine, adding he would engage officials on resolving the situation of 50% of Paskov’s 3,000 miners who risk losing their jobs.