Poland not swayed by Germany's 2022 no nuke plan

31st May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 will not influence neighbour Poland's decision to open its first nuclear power plant in 2020, Polish Prime Minister Tusk said Tuesday in Warsaw.

"We're convinced that nuclear energy constitutes a good alternative to other energy sources. Germany's decision will not have any influence on our decisions," Tusk told reporters.

Poland's economy and deputy prime minister Waldemar Pawlak said Monday the country should re-examine its nuclear plan in the wake of Germany's decision to shut down its reactors by 2022, becoming the first industrial power to renounce nuclear energy since Japan's post-earthquake Fukushima nuclear power disaster.

"Ahead of the German election, it is difficult to know whether the decision is definitive and will really be implemented," Tusk said.

With a population of 38 million, 2004-EU entrant Poland currently has no nuclear power stations and relies on coal for 94 percent of its electricity production.

Warsaw wants to build two nuclear reactors with 3,000 megawatts each, with the first power plant coming online in 2020.

© 2011 AFP

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