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Warsaw wants first of six nuclear units online in 2033 Piotr Naimski said Poland needs nuclear because energy from renewable sources alone cannot ensure security.. Courtesy Polish cabinet website. Poland aims to make a decision this autumn on which reactor technology it will use as part of its ambitious plans to build 6,000 to 9,000 MW of new nuclear.

Piotr Naimski, the government plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure, told the lower house of parliament, the Sejm, that Poland needs nuclear because energy from renewable sources alone cannot ensure security.

His comments came during a debate on proposed legislation related to the environmental impact of new nuclear. The new legislation will pave the way for Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ), the company charged with managing the nuclear power project, to submit a report on the impact of the project on the environment to the General Directorate for Environmental Protection (GDOŚ).

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
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Brussels-based industry group responds to leaked draft of European commission proposals Nuclear power has been “clearly recognised” as a technology which contributes to climate mitigation objectives and it should be treated in the European Union’s planned taxonomy rules on an equal footing with renewable energy sources, the Brussels-based nuclear industry association Foratom has said.

According to a leaked draft of the bloc’s taxonomy proposals, nuclear will be treated differently to renewables, as a transitional activity, Foratom said. Furthermore, “sunset clauses”, so-called because they have time limits, have been introduced for existing plants and new build projects. Foratom said in a statement on Tuesday: “We do not believe this is the right approach.”

The sunset clauses say that to be taxonomy compliant, nuclear new build projects must receive a construction permit by 2045. For lifetime extensions, the extension must be authorised by the member state by 2040.

Renewables do not have to meet any similar clauses, nor do they have to meet other rules applied to “transitional” nuclear. Those rules include that nuclear does not hamper the development and deployment of low-carbon alternatives and does not lead to a “lock-in” of carbon-intensive assets. Lock-in occurs when carbon intensive systems perpetuate, delay or prevent the transition to low-carbon alternatives.

Date: Wednesday, 12 January 2022
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The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is awarding the Science and Technology Centre in Ukraine (STCU) a grant for US-based NuScale Power to conduct a SMR Licensing Gap Analysis.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
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Ministry says support at record levels Courtesy Lukas Plewnia/Wikipedia. An opinion survey has shown that 74% of Poles approve the construction of a nuclear power station in the country, marking record support levels since regular polling began on the matter in 2012, the Polish ministry of climate and the environment said.

The ministry said the poll, which was conducted in November 2021 among 2,148 people, showed that support for new-build grew by 11% points compared to results from one year ago.

The ministry also said that 58% of participants would welcome a nuclear power plant in their immediate neighbourhood, an increase of 12% points compared to the same time last year.

Date: Friday, 17 December 2021
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Business moguls set eyes on BWRX-300 project in Canada SMRs deployment is expected to be cheaper than large-scale nuclear, according to PKN Orlen chief executive Daniel Obajtek. Image courtesy PKN Orlen. The deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) will be an “important step” towards carbon neutrality by 2050 for Poland’s state-controlled fuels and energy company PKN Orlen, according to its chief executive officer Daniel Obajtek.

Mr Obajtek told the Rzeczpospolita daily that SMRs will not only provide power and heat, but will also bring a significant reduction in the company’s carbon footprint. Additionally, Mr Obajtek said these new technologies would also create new jobs in an “innovative and attractive” sector.

Last week, Orlen and Polish chemicals company Synthos signed an agreement to establish a joint venture that aims to commercialise microreactor and small modular reactor technologies in Poland, in particular GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s (GEH) BWRX-300 design.

Date: Thursday, 16 December 2021
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Support for nuclear energy in Poland is overwhelming with 78% of people supporting the technology as a response to climate change, according to opinion polling. It comes as the country experiences a series of developments towards nuclear deployment.

Date: Thursday, 16 December 2021
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New venture is focused on GEH’s BWRX-300 reactor technology PKN Orlen and Synthos Green Energy have signed an agreement establishing a joint venture that aims to commercialise microreactor and small modular reactor technologies in Poland, in particular GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s (GEH) BWRX-300.

PKN Orlen, a state-controlled fuels and energy company, said in a statement that the new venture will be called Orlen Synthos Green Energy. Synthos is a chemicals company and part of the largest private industrial group in Poland.

GEH and Synthos announced in October 2019 an agreement to collaborate on potential deployment applications for the BWRX-300 SMR in Poland. 

Synthos has said it is interested in nuclear power for obtaining affordable, on-demand, carbon-free electricity.

The agreement covers a number of areas of reactor development and deployment, including financing, site selection and the production of energy and heat for the companies’ own needs and for municipal and commercial customers.

Date: Wednesday, 08 December 2021
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Polish companies Synthos Green Energy and PKN Orlen have signed an investment agreement to establish a joint venture for the deployment of a small modular reactor (SMR) fleet in Poland. The Orlen Synthos Green Energy joint venture will commercialise micro modular reactor (MMR) and SMR technology, in particular GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's BWRX-300.

Date: Wednesday, 08 December 2021
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The current rate of deployment of low-carbon energy technologies and energy efficiency solutions in France is not fast enough for the government to meet its energy and climate targets, requiring stronger policy efforts and increased investments, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) 2021 Energy Policy Review of France. 

Date: Tuesday, 07 December 2021
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