Poland has edged closer to agreeing on plans for the construction of its first nuclear power plant following talks with the United States.
Speaking at a press briefing after a meeting with U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin said that “we are closer to taking the decision about who should build the first nuclear power station in Poland.”
Asked whether this meant that the U.S. company Westinghouse would be chosen, Sasin said that chances of that were high and that “we are getting ever closer to such a decision.”
Climate Minister Anna Moskwa wrote on Twitter that the decision of the Polish government would be announced within days. She called the building of the nuclear power plant “an investment that is strategic for Poland’s development and energy security.” According to the minister, the nuclear energy program is on track to build the first power station by 2033.
Poland and the U.S. have reached a bilateral agreement on the construction of nuclear power stations based on American technology. The agreement was signed back in 2020 during the administration of President Trump and has progressed since then by the new administration.
Poland’s nuclear power program is targeting the building of six nuclear blocks in two localitions. The first should be ready by 2033 and the remaining five by 2043. The reactors will be based on the tried and tested pressurized water reactor (PWR) technology. Apart from the U.S., South Korea and France are interested in being involved in the construction of nuclear power plants in Poland as well.