Alerts Energy Infrastructure / Innovations Nuclear 18 January, 2024 7:30 am   

Pomerania’s local officials question the NPP’s location

Polska-elektrownia-jadrowa A visualization of Poland's first NPP. Picture by the Polish Nuclear Power Plants.

Pomerania’s Voivode Beata Rutkiewicz disputes the location of the Lubiatowo-Kopalino NPP in the Dziennik Baltycki newspaper and Pomerania’s Vice-Marshal Leszek Bonna talks about Żarnowiec.

“The environmental decision for the location in Lubiatowo has been issued but we are still considering whether it is right. There are also different opinions about the chosen technology. The coming months will be decisive,” said Pomeranian Voivode Beata Rutkiewicz as quoted by the newspaper.

The Lubiatowo-Kopalino location has an environmental decision and is covered by the Bechtel-Westinghouse-Polish Nuclear Power Plants project agreement. The Vice-Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, Leszek Bonna, however, talks about changing the location to Żarnowiec. This is an area studied and historically designated for the construction of the first nuclear power plant planned back in the days of the Polish People’s Republic.

“The location decision concerns the most valuable tourist area of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. There is a wide sandy beach and forest complexes. Part of this heritage will be excluded from use by tourists and residents due to the impact of this investment. We realize that nuclear power is the future and we need to invest, but isn’t it worth considering the original location from the 1980s near Żarnowiec? There is already a transmission line capable of evacuating this much energy. Building a new line – let’s not hide it – is another factor degrading the environment,”  Leszek Bonna told Dziennik Baltycki. The technology chosen in Pomerania is AP1000 from the American Westinghouse.

Dziennik Bałtycki / Wojciech Jakóbik