Experts doubt Polish government plans to go nuclear by 2033 – EURACTIV.com

The government’s plan to have its first nuclear power plant by 2033 as part of the six reactors it aims to operate by 2043 is too ambitious, experts have said.

Poland, which relies heavily on fossil fuels and has no nuclear power plants for commercial use, announced in August 2020 that it would have six nuclear reactors in operation in the northern Baltic municipality of Choczewo.

With the climate crisis and the need to become independent of Russian fuel, the government is now keen to build a nuclear power plant as soon as possible, with its officials assuring that the first plant will be built as planned.

However, some energy experts, including the deputy editor of Energyka24.comJakub Wiech, question their optimism.

In an interview with Onet.pl, Wiech said 2033 was an “unrealistic deadline”. According to him, building such a highly specialized facility in a country where no other stands will not be easy, and there will be delays. It can also be problematic to get the parts essential to the operation of the power plant, he added.

“We’re talking about parts that have to be ordered well in advance. You have to queue in factories that manufacture, for example, engine casings. Another issue is the training of appropriate personnel, who will manage such a unit,” he said.

“I think in Europe, even before the war in Ukraine, attitudes towards nuclear power plants had changed, and this conflict triggered by Russia acted as a catalyst,” Wiech commented.

Poland plans to cooperate closely with foreign entities with experience in the construction of nuclear power plants. Among others, French, Korean and American companies have shown interest in building such a facility in northern Poland.

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