Poland not to give up nuclear program: senior official

09:26, April 13, 2011      

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Poland will not give up its nuclear program, Polish Government Commissioner for Nuclear Power Industry Hanna Trojanowska told a conference here on Tuesday.

The conference was attended by cooperators of the Westinghouse concern in Warsaw. The main topic of discussions was the impact of the crisis at the Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant on nuclear business.

Westinghouse, along with GE-Hitachi and France's Arvey, are potential suppliers of technology to Poland's first nuclear power plant.

The Fukushima accident in Japan threatened a halt of nuclear power industry development. "I want to declare that we will not give up our nuclear program," Trojanowska said, cited by the PAP news agency.

Fifty years of successful operation of nuclear power plants in the world show that nuclear energy is a rational choice. "Nuclear program implementation in Poland is an important element of diversification of our energy sources," the minister added.

The government's task is to identify dangers and find ways to avoid them at every stage of the nuclear project, said Trojanowska.

Under government proposals, the first block of Poland's first nuclear power plant should go into operation in 2020. By 2030 two nuclear power stations are planned to be built, each with the capacity of some 3,000 MW.

Source: Xinhua
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