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Poland yet to select foreign partner for third planned nuclear power plant: FM

10.11.2022 19:30
The Polish foreign minister said in Paris on Thursday that the choice of a foreign partner for the construction of Poland’s third planned nuclear power plant remained "open."
Polands Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau speaks to reporters in Paris on Thursday, November 10, 2022.
Poland's Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau speaks to reporters in Paris on Thursday, November 10, 2022.PAP/Mateusz Marek

Zbigniew Rau made the statement at a media briefing in the French capital, Polish state news agency PAP reported.  

Poland’s top diplomat was speaking at the end of a two-day visit to France. 

While in Paris on Wednesday and Thursday, Rau held talks with France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, and Geoffroy Roux de Bezieux, the head of France’s biggest employers’ organisation, MEDEF, officials said.

Rau also visited the Polish Library in Paris and met with its director, Piotr Kazimierz Zaleski.

Zaleski, a veteran of Poland’s World War II-era Home Army, is also a physicist credited with co-founding France’s nuclear programme, officials told reporters. 

The Polish foreign minister told the news conference in Paris that his talks with Colonna had focused on "the current security situation caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine," bilateral relations and European Union issues.

Polish-French nuclear cooperation

Rau confirmed that he and Colonna had discussed possible Polish-French nuclear cooperation. 

He told reporters: “I said that Poland chooses foreign partners for its nuclear programme on the basis of three criteria: technology, financing options, but also geopolitical considerations.”

He added: “The French side maintained that it is interested in joining this project."

Rau also said: “I noted that when it comes to Poland’s third nuclear station, the future of which hasn’t been decided yet, the issue of the involvement of foreign partners is open.”

Poland last week approved plans to build its first nuclear power plant using technology from US company Westinghouse Nuclear, the PAP news agency reported.

The USD 20 billion plant will be built "in the north of the country," Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a news conference at the time.

Morawiecki announced that the government had also greenlighted a Polish-South Korean project to build a nuclear power plant at Pątnów in western Poland.

Poland's state-run Energy Group (PGE) and energy producer ZE PAK this month signed a letter of intent with South Korea’s state-owned energy company KHNP on developing plans for the construction of that facility, according to officials. 


Source: IAR, PAP, ifrancja.fr