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Polish Briefing 14 December, 2020 9:00 am   
Editorial staff

Polish Briefing: Division over climate policy in Poland | Poles and Americans have completed work on the feasibility study of an SMR

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What goes on in Poland on the 14th of December.

Division over climate in Poland

The government coalition party called Solidarna Polska criticized the European Council decision to increase the 2030 EU CO2 emission reduction target from 40 to at least 55 percent.

According to Solidarna Polska, the agreement, in which Polish government took part, will put an even greater strain on the energy sector and society. The party thinks that the Just Transition Fund is not big enough to finance Poland’s energy transition needs, because it is to be worth EUR 16 bn, while Poland’s energy transformation is estimated to cost almost EUR 500 bn. The European Council decision was criticized by Jacek Ozdoba, Deputy Minister for Climate and Environment in Mateusz Morawiecki’s government.

Poles and Americans have completed work on the feasibility study of an SMR

The American energy company Exelon Generation has prepared a feasibility study for Synthos Green Energy for the design of small modular BWRX-300 reactors by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. Small modular reactors could be built in Poland in the early 2030s, even before the commissioning of large conventional nuclear reactors in our country.

Synthos Green Energy, a company from the Synthos group belonging to a Polish billionaire Michał Sołowow, had a feasibility study prepared by partners from the USA for the implementation of small modular reactors (SMR) in Poland. The study was performed for the BWRX-300 reactor designed by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. The document was prepared by the American concern Exelon Generation, a tycoon on the nuclear energy market.

The feasibility study covers the analysis of key aspects of SMR technology implementation, from cost issues, through human resources policy, regulatory and safety issues, to construction models and operational issues. “The feasibility study is an important step in our project to introduce the SMR technology to the Polish market. The document will be the basis for creating a detailed roadmap for the entire project,” Rafał Kasprów, president of Green Energy, responsible for decarbonization projects said.

“Completion of the project feasibility study is a great progress in the works, as it determines the possibilities of building nuclear power plants based on SMRs in Poland, and will help the Synthos group to estimate how many power plants should be built in order to take full advantage of the cost effect of serial production of SMRs,” Synthos Green Energy said in a statement.