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Plans are for two reactors supplied by South Korea Jacek Sasin said nuclear energy is needed for the Poland’s energy independence Polish state-controlled energy group PGE and private energy company ZE PAK have established a joint project company to oversee the proposed deployment of APR-1400 nuclear power plants at the Patnow coal site in central Poland.

PGE said the two companies will each have a 50% share in PGE PAK Energia Jadrowa (PGE PAK Nuclear Energy), which will “guarantee the interests of the Polish state treasury”, a majority stakeholder in the PGE group.

In October 2022, ZE PAK and PGE signed a letter of intent with Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) for eventual deployment of the company’s APR-1400 PWR technology at the Patnow coal-fired generation site, owned by ZE PAK.

Reports said the project was being developed as a private initiative and would not be run by the government under its central 2020 nuclear energy programme, although PGE is majority-owned by the Polish state.

Date: Saturday, 15 April 2023
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Even oil-rich companies of Middle East are eying reactors, as more nations announce plans for SMRs Russian troops occupied the Zaporizhzhia nuclear station, which was damaged by shelling. File photo courtesy IAEA. 2022 was a year of mega milestones for nuclear energy.

Countries around the world turned to nuclear as a reliable low-carbon energy source as they looked for ways to wean themselves off Russian imports and lower carbon emissions.

New plants began operating, deals for small modular reactors were signed and countries announced ambitious plans for new-build.

On the political front, US president Joe Biden signed into law new legislation that will help to finance struggling nuclear reactors and could save dozens from being shut down early. In Europe, the nuclear industry celebrated when members of the European parliament decided to “follow the science” and support legislation which includes nuclear in the bloc’s sustainable finance taxonomy for green investment.

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2023
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Policy schedule sees first unit online by 2033 Warsaw wants to have its first reactor unit running in 2033, with construction starting in 2026. Image courtesy Creative Commons. Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced that US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has been selected to build the country’s first nuclear power station, a decision pending since 2020 when Warsaw last updated its nuclear energy pgrogramme.

Mr Morawiecki announced the development on Twitter saying an official cabinet resolution is to be expected on Wednesday this week.

“After talks with vice-president [Kamala] Harris and US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm we confirm our nuclear energy project will use the reliable, safe technology of Westinghouse Electric”, Mr Morawiecki’s tweet said.

Date: Tuesday, 01 November 2022
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