Poland accelerates its nuclear power plans

The Minister of Energy in Poland has recently emphasised that he wants to confirm a pending decision on the development of a nuclear power site. The statement comes at a time when the energy industry in Poland is facing the pressure to tackle CO2 emissions.

The energy minister explains that Poland needs to confirm what it will invest into nuclear energy, suggesting that data shows that nuclear is the right direction for the nation. In January, the Polish government said a final decision on the future of nuclear energy would not happen until July this year.

The Association of Ecologists for Nuclear Energy (SEREN Polska) have told national media that depending on factors of supplier and the tender process, it is possible to have the first site operational by 2030. Before any construction does take place, however, a tender process will need to happen which generally can take three years to complete, due to the excessive amount of data and information that needs to be recorded. This will then be preceded by a construction phase lasting approximately six years.

Other challenges that may be faced with nuclear development is the existing policies and regulations in Poland that potentially will hinder nuclear construction. SEREN Polska also suggests that a technical support team will be essential, a feature that exists in every nation operating with a nuclear program. This will involve a thorough safety review and analysis of any proposed development in Poland.

It is forecast that the cost of the development would be in the region of 75 billion zlotys (approximately £150 billion). Whilst initial plans are being made, no actual source of funding has been decided and under current EU laws, the project cannot receive full financing from the state budget.

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