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Poland plans two new nuclear power plants

Poland to build two new nuclear power plants Fukushima Daiichi

Poland said it is moving forward with plans to build two nuclear power plants in the country.

The first power plant is expected to be online in 2024, according to The Wall Street Journal. The original deadline was 2020 but the global financial crisis and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster put a halt to preparations.

The country generates 90 percent of its electricity from coal and is working to diversify its fuel sources. It opted for nuclear to help meet the environmental requirements of the European Union, the article said.

Westinghouse, which signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2010 with Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) to collaborate on building AP1000 reactors in the country, welcomed the news.

“Not all technologies are equal, and we believe that the AP1000 plant represents a safe, secure, reliable and economic solution for Poland,” said Jeffrey Benjamin, Westinghouse senior vice president, Nuclear Power Plants. “Westinghouse looks forward to working with PGE to provide a future offer that will meet Polish and European Union (EU) nuclear safety requirements, while producing cost competitive energy.”

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