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Thursday, 22 October 2020

Poland will develop nuclear power

Written by BelTA

Poland is one of the few European countries that does not yet have a single nuclear reactor. However, the republic's strategy in the energy sector in the near future implies the development of the civilian nuclear sector, Euronews reports.

“We constantly need new sources of energy. We need new power plants that will provide energy to the Polish economy,” said Deputy Minister of State Property of Poland Zbigniew Gryglas. Earlier, the President of the country Andrzej Duda spoke about the need to change the energy sector in Poland. "This is a struggle for climate and clean air. We must change our energy sector. We need to rely more on gas. We will probably also start building nuclear power plants," he said.

At the same time, Polish experts emphasize, the country is not going to completely abandon coal. The government expects nuclear power plants to account for 20% of the Polish energy sector. "In 20 years, we want to produce 6-9 GW of nuclear energy. This means that we will build six reactors in several regions of Poland," said Piotr Naimski, the Polish government official for strategic energy infrastructure.

On October 19, the United States and Poland signed an agreement on cooperation in expanding, modernizing and developing the republic's nuclear energy program, TASS reports. As part of the agreements, six large nuclear reactors will be built in Poland. US Energy Minister Dan Bruyette stressed that, under US law, American technology cannot be used for military purposes.

At the same time, it is not yet known exactly where the first nuclear reactor will be located. “Now we are talking about the construction of the first nuclear power plant, which will be located on the Baltic Sea, - said the expert of the nuclear energy department of the Polish Mining and Metallurgical Academy named after Stanislaw Staszic Pavel Gajda. "Two areas west of Gdansk are currently being considered".

Earlier, the Polish government announced that the construction of new energy facilities would cost an estimated 25-30 billion euro.

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