By Dave Brown — Exclusive to Uranium Investing News
Nuclear policies in Poland and other Eastern European countries appear to be conflicting with the hard-line approach taken by Germany and the anti-nuclear power sentiment seen in Switzerland and Italy. Poland's state-run energy company PGE expects to be accepting technology bids for construction of the country's first nuclear power station before the summer. The nuclear power plant will feature two or three reactors with a target capacity of about 3,000 megawatts, and is expected to be operational by the end of this decade, advancing to full capacity by 2025. PGE has received interest from three large international commercial manufacturers. The offers include a joint venture featuring Electricité de France SA (EPA: EDF) and AREVA (EPA: AREVA), as well as separate bids from Japanese-American strategic partnerships Westinghouse Electric and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas. Nuclear politics in Eastern Europe With a population of 38 million, 94 percent of Poland's present electricity is generated from coal-fired plants. PGE said it expects nuclear power to make up 36 percent of its total output in 2030, after the launch of a second nuclear plant. The Director of the Nuclear Energy Department at the Polish Economy Ministry, Zbigniew Kubacki, was quoted in national German newspaper Spiegel about his outlook for energy policy decisions. Kubacki stated, “we have European obligations. We have to reduce CO2 emissions and diversify the energy mix. There is no way to avoid nuclear energy.” The prime ministers of the Baltic States - Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia - have reaffirmed their commitment to building a new nuclear power plant to serve the region, and have committed to a collaboration on nuclear power development to maintain a safe and secure energy source.