Alerts Energy Infrastructure / Innovations Nuclear 6 December, 2023 7:30 am   
COMMENTS: Joanna Słowińska

The EC may greenlight Poland’s nuclear project with America by end of next year

photo_2019-12-10_17-59-38-2 European Commission. Photo: Bartłomiej Sawicki/

The Ministry of Climate and Environment is counting on a notification of the financing model for the nuclear power plant in Poland by the end of next year and clarity before the European Parliament elections.

“The talks with the European Commission are going well. The exchange of questions and answers shows that the Commission is very understanding of the need to diversify our energy mix and knows our deadlines,” said the minister of Climate. “If we want to have a final investment decision, we need to receive notification. The Commission is aware of this timetable and is aware that it should not be delayed,” she explained.

“I can only praise the dialogue with the Commission and I would very much like it to remain at this substantive level,” the Climate Minister assured. She hopes the financing mechanism for the Polish NPP will receive notidication by the end of 2024. “I want anyone who wants to take over the baton from me to have full knowledge by the election, that is, by May,” she said.

“It was difficult for me to understand the emotions surrounding the appointment of the Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure. Continuity must be maintained,” the Climate Minister explained. The Plenipotentiary is responsible for the talks with the Commission on the nuclear project. Minister Anna Łukaszewska-Trzeciakowska switched jobs from the Plenipotentiary to Climate Minister. She handed the previous post to her Deputy Minister Adam Guibourge-Czetwertyński.

Poland is discussing a model for financing a nuclear power plant in Pomerania with the help of a differential contract provided for in the EU market design reform. The Climate Ministry is preparing to hand over the reins to the new coalition and is hoping the issue wil be solved in 2024. “I am afraid that the protracted political infighting in Poland will threaten energy security,” the minister warned.

“We’re in a difficult moment. We have strategic projects that need to move forward. Meanwhile, we have two draft laws on freezing energy and gas prices,” Anna Łukaszewska-Trzeciakowska stated at a meeting with journalists.

“One always needs to balance things out. But on top of that there is raw politics, which unnecessarily interferes with and makes hard projects even more difficult,” she explained. In the context of strategic projects, the minister mentioned the nuclear power plant in Pomerania and the FSRU.

Wojciech Jakóbik