GB No. 8, summer 1992
Goniec Pomorski (the issue of 2 June) reports that a high-ranking official from the Ministry of Industry has revealed that talks are in progress with the international concern ASEA BROWN BOVERI with a view to the construction of a nuclear power plant in Poland. The plant would be built during the next six or seven years and as it would be supplying energy mostly for Germany, it would be located somewhere in north-western Poland. The precise location of the site is kept secret so as to avoid protests from ecologists and the local population, but the most likely region is the area at the border between the districts of Szczecin, Koszalin, Piła and Gorzów. It is sparsely populated and removed from any big cities, which should minimize, on the one hand, the risk, and on the other, opposition to the project. It is planned that the power station would have a capacity of 2,000 MW, and - in view of the destination of most of the electricity - it would be integrated with the Western European energy system. The technology would be supplied by ABB, but the machinery would come from the ZAMECH works of Elbląg and the DOLMEL works of Wrocław. New opportunities for picketing seem to be in the offing.
Ministry of Industry and Commerce Energy and Fuels Department
Warsaw, 5 Aug., 1992
Our refs. EP/Jk/E-1/3676/92
The Editorial Staff of Zielone Brygady
With reference to your inquiry of 24 July, 1992, please be informed that:
Przemysław Zawadzki, Engineer
We have received a similar answer from Dr Stanisław Latek, National Agency for Nuclear Energy. The only new piece of information is that "a study is under way (in co-operation with the National Institute of Geology) aimed at finding a suitable location for a deep underground nuclear waste dump for materials with low, medium, and high levels of radioactivity."
As we read in "Gazeta Wyborcza" (9 June, 1992), "the development programme for the energy industry proposed by the Ministry of Industry calls for the construction of a 6,000 MW nuclear power plant by the year 2010." Apparently, some high-powered counterproposal will have to be worked out. (For the sake of comparison, Poland's biggest power plant "Bełchatów" has a capacity of 4,320 MW; the aggregate power installed in Polish power plants totals 32,000 MW; the current demand for electricity is 18,000 MW.)
transl. by Sigullum Ltd.