Coal-dependent Poland could build a nuclear power station on its territoryby 2020, in a drive to switch to a cheap and clean energy source, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Monday.
Poland has already chosen a nuclear option off its territory, however, by signing on to a four-nation project to build a power plant in neighbouring Lithuania.Bechtel to prepare feasibility study of coal-to-gas conversion project in Poland
The plan, which also involves Latvia and Estonia, is to replace a Soviet-era nuclear plant in Lithuania which that country pledged to close by 2010 as a condition for joining the EU.
Plant is expecting the gasification installation to cover half of the company's need for gas, which is approximately 450 million cubic meters per year. In June 2007 the plant signed an intention letter with Bogdanka colliery for coal gasification estimated at PLN 2 billion.
The company has been active in the field of oil and gas exploration, both in Poland and abroad.On 7 November 2008, PGNiG Norway applied to the Norwegian Ministry of Oil and Energy for exploration licenses, as a part of the 20th licensing round. This round covers only new areas of the Norwegian Continental Shelf which previously had not been granted for exploration.
In Poland, PGNiG has been conducting intensive exploration efforts in the Lesser Poland/Carpathia and Greater Poland oil provinces, where prospective natural gas deposits have been discovered in a red sandstone layer.
POLISH LNG TERMINAL
In January 2008 after a long period of consultation the Canadian LNG engineering specialist SNC-Lavalin was chosen by the Polish natural gas distributor Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo (PGNiG) to carry out the FEED (Front-End Engineering and Design) contract for Poland's first LNG import terminal (contract was signed on 10th January 2008).
The site chosen for the new facility is on the Baltic coast at Swinoujscie. The FEED contract is worth zl26m (C$10.6m, €7.2m) and SNC-Lavalin were chosen as the preferred contractor over five other bidders in the tender process including Suez-Tractebel of France.