Alerts Energy Nuclear 19 January, 2024 7:30 am   

Tusk’s assurances about NPP and Morawiecki’s warnings about hinging on energy imports

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

The Prime Minister of Poland has assured that nuclear projects in Poland will actually speed up, while his predecessor warns that delaying the NPP in Pomerania would result in making Poland dependent on energy imports.

“All the confusion was caused by the unreliability of the message, the Voivode has already spoken on this issue. Nuclear power is safe in Poland and we will act very quickly. I can assure you that we will greatly accelerate the work on nuclear energy and will do it in accordance with all standards,” Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk said when asked by TV Republika.

The reporter also asked about Mateusz Morawiecki’s comment. “The specifics are most important. We are dealing with a very serious process of implementing a nuclear power plant, which, as part of environmental agreements, takes several years,” said the former prime minister. “If today Donald Tusk and his government want to reanalyze and verify things, then he can tell himself that he cares about speeding this up, but in practice this will cause a huge delay by at least 5 years and we will have to import from Germany, Austria or Scandinavia,” Morawiecki warned.

Poland plans to build its first reactor in 2033 using the American AP1000 technology. There is a project agreement between Polish Nuclear Power Plants and Bechtel-Westinghouse. Negotiations are underway for a construction contract with the Americans and a financing model with the European Commission, which must approve it. However, the Pomeranian Voivode Beata Rutkiewicz suggested the possibility of changing the location, and then denied the news that a decision had been made on this.

Republika / Wojciech Jakóbik