The Ministry of Climate issued a positive basic decision regarding the construction of a nuclear power plant in Pątnów. – There is still a long way to go, but this decision is a green light, said the outgoing Minister of Assets, Jacek Sasin.
Late on Friday evening, the Ministry of Climate issued a positive environmental decision for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Pątnów. This opens up the opportunity for investors to take the next necessary steps. And, as we know from the process of building the first Polish nuclear power plant, there are still many documents to obtain. ZE PAK and PGE may apply for, among others: environmental decision, location decision, or later a building permit. – There is still a long way to go, but this decision is a green light for this investment to be implemented. This paves the way for a feasibility study. We have completed the first of three stages, in which the investors PGE, ZE PAK and the KHNP concern had to prove that they are able to build this power plant in this place – said the outgoing government minister of state assets, Jacek Sasin, on Polsat News.
Dispute over technology
Some commentators, however, cool their enthusiasm by explaining that the KHNP concern is currently in a legal dispute with the American Westinghouse regarding the possibility of using Korean technology in Poland.
– This dispute is being fought in court today, the first round was won by the Korean side. These companies are related to each other, I am convinced that this dispute will be resolved – said Sasin and added that the trial does not prevent the Polish side from preparing for the investment.
Poles want nuclear energy
The war in Ukraine, the Kremlin’s energy blackmail that preceded it, as well as high electricity prices resulting from the confusion on our eastern border, also greatly influenced the perception of nuclear power plants among Poles.
The study conducted in December 2022 at the request of the Ministry of Climate and Environment shows that over 86 percent Poles support the construction of nuclear power plants in our country, and only every tenth respondent is against it. Compared to last year, there was an increase in supporters of such an investment by as much as 12%. Just a year earlier, these results looked completely different.