Polish Briefing 22 December, 2021 11:00 am   

Polish Briefing: Poland chose the preferred location for the first nuclear power plant

Preferowana lokalizacja elektrowni jadrowej w Polsce (1)

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Poland chose the preferred location for the first nuclear power plant

“The seaside commune of Choczewo has been selected as the preferred location for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Poland,” the Polish Nuclear Power Plants company has announced.

The location called “Lubiatowo-Kopalino” was indicated on the basis of very detailed environmental and location studies conducted since 2017, unprecedented in Poland, which showed that it meets all environmental requirements for such facilities and is safe for residents. Polish Nuclear Power Plants will now apply for the necessary administrative decisions.

“We are operating as planned and the choice of location confirms this. Poland needs nuclear energy, and the construction of the first power plant of this type in Poland is important for the entire country, both in terms of energy transformation and security of energy supply,” assessed Anna Moskwa, Minister of Climate and Environment.
“Poland is striving to diversify its energy mix, and the indication of the preferred location of the first nuclear power plant is proof of this. The use of this safe, zero-emission and stable source of energy production, which is nuclear energy, was announced from the beginning and confirmed in strategic documents, among others in the Polish Energy Policy until 2040 and the Polish Nuclear Power Program,” said Piotr Naimski, Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure.

“We want the entire investment process in the project of the first nuclear power plant in Poland to be transparent, responsible and kept to the highest standards from the very beginning. Therefore, the long-term and comprehensive analysis of the locations where this power plant could be built has been a priority for the Company in recent years. Experts from various fields were involved in the research and processing of their results and today, when we know these results, with satisfaction but also full responsibility and awareness of a new chapter of cooperation with the local community, we announce the location of our choice, Lubiatowo-Kopalino,” says Tomasz Stępień, president of the management board of Polish Nuclear Power Plants.

The company has also informed that the results of the analyzes were included in the Report on the Environmental Impact of the Investment. The document prepared by Polish Nuclear Power Plants is the first study of this type in Poland prepared for a nuclear power plant. During the research, the investor was supported both by a dedicated team of one of the world’s most experienced companies in the nuclear sector – Jacobs Clean Energy Limited – acting as a Technical Advisor, as well as by Polish research centers and a wide group of specialists with experience in the preparation of environmental reports for large infrastructure investments.

“The choice of the preferred location does not mean the final consent to the investment implementation in this variant. Polish Nuclear Power Plants will now apply for the necessary administrative decisions for the location of the future power plant, in particular the decision on environmental conditions and the location decision,” the company explained.

According to Poland’s Energy Policy, by 2040, the country wants to have 6-9 GW of nuclear energy in two or three power plants by 2043. The first reactor would be built in 2033.