Poland approves second large nuclear plant project

The Polish Ministry of Climate and Environment has approved the development of Poland’s second large nuclear power plant to be built in the Patnów-Konin region.

In November 2022, the Polish government announced the first plant, with a capacity of 3750 MWe (Photo: AdobeStock)

Construction is expected to start in 2026, while the plant is scheduled to start supplying power in 2033.

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 22 TWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to approximately 12% of the current electricity demand in Poland.

In November 2022, the Polish government announced the first plant, with a capacity of 3750 MWe, would be built in Pomerania using technology from the US company Westinghouse. An agreement setting a plan for the delivery of the plant was signed in May by Westinghouse, Bechtel and PEJ.

Poland aims to reduce coal dependence by building 4-6 nuclear reactors with a total capacity of 6-9 GW between 2026 and mid-2040s.

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