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Poland has taken a significant step towards its second nuclear power plant, receiving a decision-in-principle from Climate and Environment Minister Anna Moskwa. The plant, set to commence

operations in 2035, will be constructed in western Poland.

The venture will be led by PGE PAK Energia Jądrowa, a collaboration between state-backed PGE and private entity ZE PAK, partnered with Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) from South Korea. The government's endorsement signifies approval for the planned investment in a nuclear-energy facility, ensuring alignment with public interests, including energy policy objectives and maintaining Poland's internal security.

The upcoming nuclear plant will feature at least two APR1400 reactors supplied by South Korea, boasting a combined capacity of 2,800 MW. It's scheduled to be established in the Patnów-Konin area within Wielkopolska province, commencing operations in 2035.

This decision follows Poland’s initiation of its first nuclear power plant, scheduled to launch in 2033. The initial plant, utilizing Westinghouse's AP1000 reactor technology, is designated for the northern regions of Lubiatowo and Kopalino along the Baltic coast. Construction is expected to commence in 2026, with the first reactor operational by 2033.

Overall, Poland's nuclear energy strategy anticipates the establishment of six reactors with a collective installed capacity ranging from 6 to 9 GW by 2040. Photo by Jiří Sedláček, Wikimedia commons.