For the last few years activities aiming at the development of a domestic nuclear power industry in Poland have been underway both at the government administration level and by PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA. These activities result directly from special analyses and take into consideration the current trends of the policies of the European power sector, including natural environment protection requirements. Nuclear power turns to be one of the most sought after/prospective sources of energy, which apart from being CO2 emission free, guarantees independence from the typical ways of obtaining energy sources.
A milestone for these activities was the adoption on 13 January 2009 by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland of a resolution on the development of nuclear power activities for Poland. In that document, the government obligated the Treasury Minister to ensure cooperation between PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA and the Government Commissioner for Nuclear Power in Poland during the drafting and implementation of the Nuclear Power Programme in Poland. Similar provisions on PGE’s role in the Programme are included in the Regulation issued by the Council of Ministers on 12 May 2009 to appoint the Government Commissioner for Nuclear Power in Poland.
The decision to entrust PGE with the mission to develop nuclear power in Poland was made because PGE Capital Group has experience in the execution of large investment programmes and has a stable economic position and financial potential.
PGE’s plans related to the development of nuclear power assume the construction of two nuclear power plants of 3 thousand MW each. Start up of the first unit is scheduled for the end of 2023.
To support the goals entrusted by the Council of Ministers, PGE commenced in March 2009 an NPP development project, comprising activities dedicated to the development of the investment and NPPs construction process. In December 2009 a PGE subsidiary company, PGE Energia Jądrowa SA, was established. This company is responsible for the development of the nuclear power business line within PGE Capital Group. Then, in January 2010 PGE EJ1 Sp. z o.o. (a limited liability company) was established. The responsibilities of PGE EJ1 include direct development of the investment process, carrying out site characterisation analyses and the construction of the first NPP in Poland.
All PGE Capital Group’s activities within the nuclear power business line will be correlated with the Nuclear Power Programme for Poland, planned to be adopted by the Government of the Republic of Poland.