Negotiations on nuclear power plant in Poland under way - official

The Energy Policy of Poland Until 2040 foresees the construction of six nuclear reactors, to be launched gradually as of 2033. Marcin Obara/PAP

Spokesman for Polish government Piotr Mueller told Polish Radio One on Tuesday that a decision regarding the building of Poland's first nuclear power plant will most likely be announced this year.

Mueller said that the question of nuclear power in Poland has been discussed for decades and added that that final decision regarding this issue should be made to the end of this year. "Negotiations are under way. It would be irresponsible for me to say now who (which country France or US - PAP) is more preferable (...)," Mueller said.

"If we are to reduce the carbon dioxide emission (in accordance with EU recommendations - PAP), than with no doubt the construction of a nuclear power plant is one of the important elements of energy supply in Poland," Mueller said.

The Energy Policy of Poland Until 2040 foresees the construction of six nuclear reactors, to be launched gradually as of 2033.

Government Commissioner for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, said in September that the first reactor with a capacity of 1-1.5 GW will be launched in 2033, and the next five - at two-year intervals until 2043.