Poland will build nuclear reactors with capacity of 6-9 GW - official

The Polish government's commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, has announced that Poland will build nuclear power plants with a capacity of 6-9 gigawatts (GW), and that the first reactor would be ready in 2023.

President Andrzej Duda and his US counterpart Donald Trump announced in Washington on Wednesday that the US would build a nuclear power plant in Poland.

Naimski told private radio broadcaster RMF FM that "under way are Polish-US talks on an intergovernmental agreement, which will make it possible to plan this large venture."

"We are seeking a partner in this field, one who will remain with Poland and in Poland for at least 60 years," Naimski said.

"The point is to build nuclear power plants with a capacity of 6-9 GW, which will make it possible for Poland to transfer an energy mix to Poland. We must have stable energy sources, which will allow us to develop renewable energy sources, namely, wind and photovoltaics," he stated.

Naimski added that this was a programme aimed at building several reactors over a period of 20 years. "The first one is to be ready in 2023. We are seeking a partner, who will be financially committed, who will build with us, and who will remain with us during the long period of their operation," he commented, adding that there were not many such partners in the world, and that a US partner was a good choice.

Asked about the financing of the project, Naimski answered that Poland was looking for a partner who would offer capital to jointly finance the project.