1 Jun (NucNet): Poland’s General Directorate for Environmental Protection (GDEP) has approved the scope of the initial environmental impact report for the country’s first nuclear new build project, PGE EJ1, the company in charge of the project, said in a statement.
The environmental assessment report will focus on two sites – Lubiatowo-Kopalino and Żarnowiec – both close to Poland’s Baltic coast in the northern province of Pomerania, the statement said.
Earlier reports have claimed the site shortlist included Choczewo instead of Żarnowiec, but PGE EJ1 said it had abandoned Choczewo as an option due to its proximity to the region around Białogóra, part of the EU’s Natura 2000 natural reserve network.
Environmental impact examination and analysis will now be carried out to the “fullest extent” for the two focus sites, Lubiatowo-Kopalino and Żarnowiec, PGE EJ1 said.
Poland’s Ministry of Economy said in May 2014 that the country is planning to generate 12 percent of its electricity from nuclear by 2030 with its first reactor in commercial operation in 2024.
In October 2015, PGE EJ1 published a project information roadmap which was to form the basis for the environmental impact assessment needed for the site selection.
At the beginning of December 2015, five companies were listed as potential suppliers of the reactor technology for the eventual new build project.