Polish treasury minister Mikolaj Budzanowski unexpectedly stated
that “in today’s circumstances it is not possible for the government to support the construction of a nuclear power plant”. In a 18 February 2013 interview with Polish daily Parkiet
, Budzanowski added:”I am convinced that it is worthwhile to develop the shale [gas] project, regardless of the opinion of other European countries“. Unlike nuclear power, the minister says,”shale [gas] is a matter for today".
State-owned energy company Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE
) has launched a massive promotion campaign in areas around three proposed sites—Zarnowiec, Gaski amd Choczewo—for a potential nuclear power plant, which would be the first in the country. But one site, Mielno, was already dropped after a local referendum turned out a 94 percent opposition to the project.
If the Polish government withdraws its support for nuclear energy, the likelihood of the realization of a project is virtually zero. As Andrzej Sikora, chairman of Warsaw’s Energy Studies Institute put it: “Such power plants are never built anywhere without the backing of the state.”