Poland to develop second large scale nuclear plant –

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The first plant was announced by authorities in November 2022

The development of Poland’s second large nuclear power plant has been approved by the Polish Ministry of Climate and Environment. The project will take shape in the Patnów-Konin region, with construction expected to begin in 2026.

Poland said that it aims to reduce coal dependence by building four to six nuclear reactors, with a total capacity of 6-9 GW between 2026 and the mid-2040s.

In August 2023, PGE PAK Energia Jądrowa, a joint venture of the Polish companies ZE PAK and Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE), submitted an application to the ministry for a new plant.

As per the application, the proposed plant will have two units and generate 22TWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to approximately 12% of the current electricity demand in Poland. The plant is expected to begin supplying power in 2033.

In November last year, the Polish government announced the first plant, with a capacity of 3750MWe, would be built in Pomerania, using technology from US-based Westinghouse. An agreement setting a plan for the delivery of the plant was signed in May by Westinghouse, Bechtel and PEJ.

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