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    Government Blocks Construction of Nuclear Power Plant in Pątnów

    The Polish government is reportedly halting the construction of a nuclear power plant in Pątnów, Wielkopolska. According to unofficial sources from Polityka Insight, representatives from the government have informed ZE PAK, one of the investment partners, about the suspension of the project. This project was to be a collaboration with the Korean company KHNP and Polish state-owned PGE.

    PGE has expressed readiness to either terminate or freeze its involvement in the project, as stated by its representatives. The investment, which involves PGE, ZE PAK (owned by Zygmunt Solorz), and KHNP, planned to have a total capacity of 2.8 GW using Korean APR1400 reactors. The plant was scheduled for completion by 2035, adjacent to ZE PAK’s existing coal power plant. The project received a critical decision in November last year.

    Trigon brokerage noted in its bulletin that the parliamentary committee on energy, climate, and state assets would address the issue on June 27.

    President Andrzej Duda recently vowed to fight for the realization of the project during a meeting in Konin. However, the news has drawn criticism from some political quarters. PiS MP Zbigniew Hoffmann, a former Wielkopolska Voivode, voiced his frustration on social media, blaming the opposition party for the potential abandonment of the project.

    “This is terrible news for Eastern Wielkopolska and all of Poland. Since Tusk and his team came into power, we warned that this would be another major investment frozen or even abandoned. For this group, energy security and sovereignty mean nothing,” Hoffmann stated.

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