Polish Briefing 6 July, 2021 9:30 am   

Polish Briefing: ZE PAK wants to build a nuclear power plant in Kaliningrad in cooperation with Hungary | Marshal of Greater Poland wants an NPP plant to be built in the region


What goes on in Poland on the 6th of July.

ZE PAK wants to build a nuclear power plant in Kaliningrad in cooperation with Hungary

In Polityka Insight Energy, analyst Robert Tomaszewski writes that ZE PAK, owned by the Polish businessman Zygmunt Solorz-Żak, and the Hungarian MVM have a plan to build a nuclear power plant in Kaliningrad, Russia and create a new energy connection with Poland.

“ZE PAK is interested in buying part of the shares in the Baltic Nuclear Power Plant (BEJ) project, owned by Rosatom. The unit was to be built on the Nemunas River (2,400 MW). Construction was suspended in 2013 because Poland and Lithuania were not interested in importing energy. MVM, the largest energy producer in Hungary, is to be ZE PAK’s partner. The company owns the Paks nuclear power plant. In 2014, Hungary and Russia signed an agreement to expand it. We have unofficially established that the topic of building a link with Kaliningrad and the takeover of BEJ by ZE PAK / MVM was to be discussed by Solorz with Prime Minister Morawiecki and Jacek Sasin. The main argument for the construction of the bridge and the BEJ is accelerating the energy transition, which in the coming years will force the shutdown of most of Poland’s coal-fired power plants, increasing the demand for energy imports,” Tomaszewski tweeted.

The Marshal of Greater Poland wants a nuclear power plant to be built in the region

The Marshal of the Greater Poland Voivodeship, Marek Woźniak, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki regarding the location of a nuclear power plant near Pątnów. The politician emphasizes that he will make every effort to support the construction of a power plant in Greater Poland. In his letter, Marshal Woźniak asked for “confirmation of the location of one of the planned nuclear power plants in Greater Poland” and declared “the support of the local government of the Greater Poland Voivodeship for the activities of the Polish government in this regard”.

In his opinion, the region “has adequate human, institutional and infrastructural resources necessary for the effective construction, management and maintenance of the entire energy ecosystem.” The Marshal also emphasized that the necessary scientific and research potential can be easily launched in the voivodeship. Marek Woźniak admitted that nuclear energy “is goes hand in hand with the development of the Wielkopolska Hydrogen Valley, ensuring real green hydrogen for the whole of Poland and supporting the decarbonization of entire industrial sectors”.