Geological Works Project for nuclear power plant in Pomerania approved

The climate ministry has approved the Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ) company’s Geological Works Project for the nuclear power plant in Pomerania, PEJ said on Tuesday. This allows the company to start in-depth geological research in the location for the power plant.

As the company pointed out, the decision confirms that the works project submitted by PEJ meets the requirements for this type of investment and complies with current legislation. The US company Bechtel is responsible for geological surveys for the project.

The geological work will begin in May and will be carried out in a selected location in the Choczewo municipality over an area of approximately 30 hectares. The first phase is due to be completed in 2024 and the results are to be used in the design process, which is being led by the Westinghouse-Bechtel consortium.

Specifically, this involves the design of the main construction facilities: the three power units, the influent pool and cooling water channels, and the post-cooling water discharge channel, the company noted.

According to PEJ, about 220 survey points with depths ranging from about 20 to about 210 metres are planned. The results of the surveys will be used in the work on the Location Report, which is necessary to obtain a construction licence from the nuclear regulator.

The 100 per cent state-owned PEJ company is the investor and future operator of the planned first power plant under the Polish Nuclear Power Programme (PPEJ). The current 2020 version of the PPEJ envisages the construction of two nuclear power plants with a total capacity of 6-9 GW. The previous government identified the Westinghouse-Bechtel consortium as the partner for the first power plant. Construction at the Lubiatowo-Kopalino site would start in 2026, with the first unit starting in 2033 and the next two units in the next three years. The Ministry of Climate announces an update of the NPPJ in 2024.



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