Nuclear energy priority for Poland: IEA

October 1, 2009 10:18 pm 

WARSAW, Oct. 2 — Poland should focus on diversification of its energy sources by building nuclear power stations and LNG terminals, Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency, said on Thursday.

Dependence on coal as the main vehicle for electricity production was a serious problem for Poland, Birol said in an interview with Polish news agency PAP.

Nuclear power stations can in future replace coal burning stations and decrease demand for imported natural gas, Birol said, adding this in turn will decrease Poland's dependence on foreign supplies of energy carriers, coming chiefly from Russia.

"Nuclear power projects should become the key element of Poland 's energy security strategy," Birol said.

Next to nuclear power, Poland should stake on using natural gas from various sources which requires building LNG terminals on the Baltic coast, according to the IEA chief economist. (PNA/Xinhua)

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