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- September 10, 2012 at 10:58 pm #344002
“Rosatom wants to participate in the tender for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Poland,” Sergei Boyarkin, engineering projects manager at Rosatom, told the Polish Press Agency.
Boyarkin revealed his hopes at the XX Economic Forum in Krynica, southern Poland.
“If Poland launches a tender, we are ready to present our offer, but we are waiting for the conditions of the tender,” Boyarkin said.
The current Polish government is aiming for a nuclear plant to be built by 2023.
Four Polish state-controlled companies signed a preliminary deal on Wednesday, agreeing to share the brunt of the costs of construction of the plant (PGE, Tauron, KGHM and Enea).
However, it is unlikely that the general contractor for the construction will be appointed before 2014. French and American companies have also voiced an interest.
Meanwhile, although a short-list of potential sites for a nuclear power plant was presented in November 2011, the ultimate location has not been confirmed.
The three prospective locations are all near the Baltic Sea – in Mielno, Zarnowiec and Choczewo, although the government faces potential stumbling blocks in winning over public opinion.
Rosatom's Sergei Boyarkin also stated that Poland was welcome to purchase energy from the Russian plant currently being constructed in Kaliningrad.
Nevertheless, Prime Minister Donald Tusk is currently championing a wide-ranging strategy of becoming less dependent on Russian energy.
Besides the nuclear project, Warsaw is investing (with American corporate backing) in research into Poland's shale gas resources. (nh)September 11, 2012 at 6:47 am #395402
AnonymousQuote:Besides the nuclear project, Warsaw is investing (with American corporate backing) in research into Poland's shale gas resources. (nh)
This information is outdated. Exxon has already refused to continue the project:
Poland’s hopes of hitting a shale gas bonanza have suffered a blow as ExxonMobil ended exploration for the unconventional fuel after tests failed to find gas in commercial quantities.
The US oil major said there had been “no demonstrated sustained commercial hydrocarbon flow rates” in two test wells in eastern Poland and added that it had “completed its exploration operations in Poland”.
And I don't see why not a Russian A-plant. There's not much to be proud of in modern Russia, but 'Rosatom' seems to be doing fine.
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