Poland: the site chosen for the first nuclear power plant

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Published on 24/12/2021

Poland has chosen the site which will host its first nuclear power plant.

The villages of Lubiatowo and Kopalino in the Pomeranian Voivodeship in northern Poland are prime locations, investor Polska Elektrownie Jądrowe announced.

According to the PEP2040 strategy, the commissioning of the first reactor with a capacity of 1 to 1.6 GW is scheduled for 2033. Ultimately, it is planned to build several units to reach 9 GW of installed capacity.

In autumn 2022, the technology to build the plant will be chosen. Currently three companies are in the running for the contract: the French EDF, the American Westinghouse and the Korean KEPCO.

“Poland needs nuclear power, and the construction of the first such power plant is important for the whole country, both in terms of energy transformation and security of supply,” said Anna Moskwa , Minister of Climate and Environment.

At the same time, state-owned Orlen announced the creation of a joint venture to invest in SMRs, including type BWRX-300 from GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy.

Meanwhile, Polish billionaire Zygmunt Solorz-Żak plans to invest in Russia’s Baltic Nuclear Power Plant, whose energy could also power Poland.