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Poland / PEJ Submits Environmental Report To Authorities For Location Of First New-Build Project

By Kamen Kraev
31 March 2022

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PEJ Submits Environmental Report To Authorities For Location Of First New-Build Project
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Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ), the state-owned company in charge of Poland’s ambitious nuclear new-build plans, has submitted an environmental impact report related to the location of the first nuclear station
to the country’s general directorate for environmental protection, a statement by the company said.

In December 2021, PEJ said Lubiatowo-Kopalino in the northern province of Pomerania near the Baltic coast was the preferred location for the country’s first nuclear project.

However, the company said the report covers two locations: Lubiatowo-Kopalino in the Pomeranian municipality of Choczewo, and Żarnowiec, located across the municipalities of Krokowa and Gniewino in northern Poland.
The three municipalities in Pomerania subject to the environmental impact report are Krokowa, Choczewo, and Gniewino.

PEJ said both locations had been listed in Poland’s nuclear programme and had to be analysed in the context of hosting a nuclear power station with a capacity of up to 3,750 MW.

The company said it had also submitted along with the environmental report documentation to be used for the purposes of a cross-border environmental assessment.

Poland wants to build from 6,000 to 9,000 MW of installed nuclear capacity based on proven, large-scale, pressurised water nuclear reactors, and is expected to choose a technology vendor by the end of 2022. Commercial operation of a first unit in a proposed set of six is planned for 2033.

The government has not decided on the technology provider for the project and has not announced a tender procedure to date. US-based Westinghouse, France’s EDF and South Korea’s KHNP have all formally expressed interest in building Poland’s first nuclear station.

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