Poland could launch first nuclear plant at end-2024
July 4, 2013
The Polish government may have its nuclear power program ready for adoption in Q3 and possibly launch its first nuclear power block at end-2024, Poland’s top officials said during a debate on nuclear energy organized by PAP Polish news agency on Wednesday.
"We assume that the Polish nuclear power program will be sent to inter-ministerial consultation in July and will be ready for adoption this quarter," the Economy Ministry's nuclear power department head Zbigniew Kubacki said.
The project will be divided into five stages, with the location and technology to be chosen in 2014-16, the necessary permits acquired in 2017-18 and actual construction works in 2019-24.
“Under the current schedule the first Polish nuclear power station could be operational by the end of 2024”, Aleksander Grad, CEO of PGE EJ1, a unit of power group PGE charged with coordination of the plant construction said.
The costs of constructing the first Polish nuclear plant will be known when "the offers are on the table," Grad said, adding that the costs should be lower when Poland has systemic regulations in place.
Poland has already launched research on the location of the nuclear power plant and is about to conclude the choice of technical advisor to the project, the official said, adding that autumn will be 'crucial' for the project.
Power groups PGE, Tauron and Enea as well as copper giant KGHM have recently extended their agreement on a joint project to build a nuclear power plant. The agreement is valid until September 30, 2013 and can be extended by one quarter, subject to approval of all sides.