Energy 5 September, 2023 7:25 am   

Ostrołęka takes another step towards SMRs. Environmental decision procedure is underway.

atom Source:

The Director General for Environmental Protection has initiated proceedings for an environmental decision for the construction of small modular nuclear reactors in Ostrołęka. This is a necessary step in preparations for the construction of small nuclear reactors in Poland.

“The Director General for Environmental Protection (…) notifies the parties to the proceedings of the initiation, at the request of BWRX-300 Ostrołęka, of proceedings for the issuance of a decision on the environmental conditions for the project entitled “construction and operation of a small modular nuclear power plant with a total capacity of up to 1300 MWe using BWRX – 300 technology at the location of Ostrołęka, Ostrołęka municipality,” the General Directorate for Environmental Protection informed. The investor also asked to determine the scope of the report on the impact of the project on the environment.

The nuclear power plant, the heart of which will be small modular reactors, is to be built in the municipality of Ostrołęka on the basis of a contract with Orlen Synthos Green Energy. A few months ago Orlen indicated the expected SMR locations in Poland. Among them are Włocławek, Stawy Monowskie, Ostrołęka, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Kraków-Nowa Huta, as well as the Tarnobrzeg Special Economic Zone covering Tarnobrzeg and Stalowa Wola.

The BWRX-300 technology referred to in the Ostrołęka case has not yet been introduced to the market, but this is expected to happen around 2028 in Canada and 2029 in Poland.

Polish Press Agency / General Directorate Of Environmental Protection / Jędrzej Stachura