Poland amends laws to speed investment in nuclear
The Polish Council of Ministers has decided to adopt a bill amending the previous law on the preparation and implementation of investments in nuclear power facilities and associated investments, according to the country's National Atomic Energy Agency (Państwowa Agencja Atomistyki). The main objective of this change is to shorten the implementation time of the investment.
In 2021 it was announced that six large pressurized water reactors with a combined installed capacity of 6-9 GWe could be built by 2040 as part of Poland's plan to reduce its heavy energy dependence on coal. According to the adopted schedule, the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Poland will start in 2026, and the first reactor, with a capacity of 1-1.6 GWe, will be commissioned in 2033. The other units will be implemented every 2-3 years.
The construction of the first nuclear power plant in Poland will start in 2026
Amendments to the legislation on investment in nuclear energy adopted by the Polish government include that public administration bodies, upon justified request of an investor, will provide information and data free of charge for use in connection with the performance of tasks related to nuclear power facilities and associated investments.
The catalog of investments will be expanded to include those needed to conduct environmental research for the construction of a nuclear power plant and associated infrastructure. The new rules are expected to take effect later this year.
The coastal towns of Lubiatowo and Kopalino in the Choczewo Municipality in Poland have been selected as the preferred location for the country's first large nuclear power plant.