22.01.2016_No15 / News in Brief

Poland May Delay Construction Of First Reactor, Reports Say

Plans & Construction

22 Jan (NucNet): Poland’s conservative government may further postpone the construction of the country’s first nuclear reactor as costs remain unpredictable, energy minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski said, according to Reuters. The project was first announced in 2009 by Poland’s previous government as part of a drive to find alternatives to coal-fired power generation. Since then it has hit delays due to falling power prices and Japan’s 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident, which affected public support, Reuters said. Despite those hurdles, the governing Law and Justice party, which won a parliamentary election in October 2015, is likely to stick to the plan, Reuters said. “The programme will continue, especially because there is research potential in Poland,” Mr Tchorzewski was quoted as saying. “But we are facing the dilemma of how fast to do that. This has not been decided yet.” The project’s official deadlines were to have the first unit operating by 2025, a delay from the original target of 2020, Reuters said.

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