Polish Nuclear Energy company PEJ has signed an agreement with the US-based Westinghouse and Bechtel consortium for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the country. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Polish Minister of Climate and Environment Anna Moskwa said that today is a very important day both for the development of nuclear energy in Poland and for Poland-US relations.
Stating that they plan to start construction of the power plant in 2026 and start operation in 2033, Moskwa also announced that they will open a nuclear energy training center that will serve not only Poland but also other states in this region of Europe.
US Ambassador to Warsaw Mark Brzezinski said that people deserve clean energy and to benefit from the progress of civilization and that the US and Poland are partnering to provide Poles with clean, safe and affordable energy.
"Nuclear security means national security," Brzezinski said, adding that they will continue to cooperate to create what is beneficial for citizens and future generations.
As part of its Nuclear Energy Program, Poland wants to build three nuclear power plants in the country that will generate between 6 and 9 gigawatts of electricity.
The first of the plants, which is expected to cost a total of 40 billion dollars, will be built by a US consortium near the village of Lubiatowo-Kopalino in the Pomeranian Voivodeship on the Baltic Sea coast and is planned to be operational in 2033.
Source: Ihlas News Agency