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US Ambassador Mark Brzezinski urges Poland to invest in nuclear energy to end Russian dependency

20.05.2024 18:00
Putin wants to starve Poland of energy, US Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski has said, emphasizing the importance of Poland breaking free from its dependence on coal and Russian energy sources.
US Ambassador to Poland, Mark Brzezinski.
US Ambassador to Poland, Mark Brzezinski. Photo: PAP/Marian Zubrzycki

In the interview with Polish news websites money.pl and wp.pl, Brzezinski stressed that investing in nuclear power plants is the best solution for Poland's energy independence.

Brzezinski praised Poland’s decision to collaborate with an American company for its first nuclear power plant. "Poland is on the right track by undertaking cooperation in the construction of its first nuclear power plant with an American company," he said.

"The Polish economy is on an upward wave, and the next generation has high expectations for economic growth. The country must be able to power itself. And the only energy source that can provide this scale of power is the atom. That's why it's smart for Poles to do it," Brzezinski stated.

When asked about financial involvement, Brzezinski confirmed that the US government is participating in the financing of Poland’s first nuclear power plant, with billions of dollars through Exim Bank and other entities.

Regarding the potential involvement of the French company Électricité de France (EDF) in constructing a second nuclear power plant, Brzezinski advised caution. He noted that using the same technology and designer ensures cost and time efficiency. "If you change the technology and change the builder, be ready for the construction process to be less efficient," he warned.

Poland’s first nuclear power plant in Choczewo should be built and operational in 2039, media have reported.


Source: PAP