First nuclear power plant in Poland to be built on the Baltic Sea coast

The villages of Lubiatowo and Kopalino in the Pomorskie province in northern Poland are the preferred sites for building the first nuclear power plant (NPP) in the country, Polska Elektrownie Jadrowe (PEJ), the investor, announced on Wednesday.

"The location has been selected on the basis of a detailed environmental study that has been conducted since 2017. It meets all the environmental requirements for such facilities and is safe for local residents," said PEJ, the state-owned company responsible for the investment.

The other seaside location under consideration by PEJ was Zarnowiec, where the then-communist authorities started the construction of a nuclear power plant in 1982. It was closed down in 1989.

The Polish nuclear energy programme foresees the construction of up to 9 GW of NPP in Poland, with the first reactor expected to be operational in 2033.

The overall cost of the programme is estimated at around PLN 140 billion (EUR 30.2 billion).