Poland's Nuclear Power Plant Project Advances with Geological Survey Approval

Poland's state-owned nuclear company PEJ receives approval to conduct geological surveys for its first nuclear power plant, a significant step in diversifying the country's energy mix and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

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Poland's Nuclear Power Plant Project Advances with Geological Survey Approval

Poland's Nuclear Power Plant Project Advances with Geological Survey Approval

Poland's state-owned nuclear power company, Polish Nuclear Power Plants (PEJ), has received approval from the Ministry of Climate and Environment to conduct comprehensive geological surveys for the site of Poland's first nuclear power plant. The surveys, to be carried out by Bechtel, a member of the American consortium overseeing the project, will cover approximately 30 hectares in Choczewo and involve around 220 test points with depths ranging from 20 to 210 meters.

The data collected will refine existing assessments of the geological, engineering, and hydrogeological conditions at the site, contributing to the Location Report, a critical component required to secure a construction permit. This milestone marks another significant accomplishment in the permitting process for the nuclear project, which is part of an engineering agreement with the Westinghouse-Bechtel consortium, focusing on the main construction features of the plant, including three nuclear reactors, an inflow pool, cooling water channels, and an outlet channel for cooling waters.

Poland has chosen Westinghouse to supply three AP1000 reactor units for the country's first nuclear power station, which will be located in the northern province of Pomerania. The state-owned company Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ), responsible for the construction project, has received a permit from the Ministry of Climate and Environment to begin geological works at the site next month. The first stage of the research is expected to be completed this year.

Why this matters:This initiative highlights Poland's commitment to meeting high environmental and safety standards in its energy development strategies as it advances towards its nuclear energy ambitions. The planned nuclear power plant project is a significant step forward for Poland in diversifying its energy mix and reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.

The geological research conducted by Bechtel will provide indispensable data for the ongoing power plant design process and the Location Report, which is necessary to obtain a construction permit from the President of the National Atomic Energy Agency. The project is being led by Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ), a special-purpose vehicle 100% owned by the State Treasury. The Westinghouse AP1000 reactor technology, selected for the plant in November 2022, is expected to enter commercial operation in 2033.

Key Takeaways

  • Poland's state-owned PEJ approved for geological surveys for first nuclear plant.
  • Surveys by Bechtel to assess site conditions for construction permit application.
  • Poland selects Westinghouse AP1000 reactors for its first nuclear power station.
  • Nuclear plant project aims to diversify Poland's energy mix and reduce fossil fuels.
  • Geological research is crucial for ongoing plant design and construction permit.