Energy Polish Briefing 20 March, 2023 7:35 am   
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Polish Briefing: Key atomic CEO dismissed I EC greenlights Orlen-Synthos company I Poland in LNG talks with Slovakia

Zdjecie-WhatsApp-2023-03-02-o-11.21.31-1536×1152 Tomasz Stępień, former CEO of PEJ. Picture by Jędrzej Stachura

PEJ CEO associated with Piotr Naimski leaves

On March 17, Tomasz Stępień was dismissed as the CEO of the Polish Nuclear Power Plants (PEJ), and his duties were transferred to Vice-President Łukasz Młynarkiewicz. Prior to joining PEJ, he served as president of the State Atomic Energy Agency. Tomasz Stępień, on the other hand, is associated with the former Government Plenipotentiary for  Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski who was succeeded by Mateusz Berger, who is responsible for the staffing policy at PEJ, Gaz-System and PSE.

Poland wants to have the first nuclear reactor in 2033 and 6-9 GW in nuclear capacity by 2043. PEJ cooperates with the American Westinghouse at the first location Lubiatowo-Kopalino, where it will use AP1000 technology. The parties have not yet signed the project agreement, which is expected in 2023.

European Commission approves joint venture between Orlen and Synthos

“The European Commission has approved, in accordance with the EU Merger Regulation, the establishment of a joint venture between PKN Orlen and Synthos Green Energy,” the Commission said.

“The joint venture will develop and deploy small and micro reactors (SMR and MMR, respectively), explore potential reactor locations, and commercialize SMR/MMR electricity in Poland after the nuclear power plants are launched,” the company said in a statement.

The Commission found that the proposed acquisition did not raise competition concerns given its very limited impact on the market. it was also reported that the transaction was investigated as part of a simplified merger review procedure.

Synthos Green Energy (SGE) and PKN Orlen have formed the joint venture Orlen Synthos Green Energy (OSGE) and are jointly planning to build a fleet of SMR BWRX-300 reactors in Poland, the first of which is expected to be launched by the end of this decade.

Poles in talks about supplying LNG to Slovakia

Representatives of Gaz-System talked with the Slovak company SPP about supplying LNG to Slovakia via Poland.

“On March 14, a meeting was held in Bratislava with the participation of representatives of the management boards of GAZ-SYSTEM and the Slovak company SPP and Peter Gerhart, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic. New opportunities for cooperation were discussed, which will strengthen the security of gas supplies to both countries and allow Slovakia to access LNG supplies,” Gaz-System reports.

“During the meeting in Bratislava, the parties discussed new areas of cooperation related primarily to the supply of LNG to Slovakia – in particular, from the FSRU terminal planned to be launched by GAZ-SYSTEM in the Gulf of Gdańsk,” reads the statement.

Poland wants to launch an FSRU with a capacity of 6.1 billion cubic meters annually in the Gdańsk Bay in 2025-27. If neighbors are interested, there may be a second FSRU with a capacity of up to 4.5 billion cubic meters a year. was first to report about this.