PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA has launched a campaign to boost support for nuclear power in Poland, where PGE aims to build the country’s first nuclear power plant by 2020.

About half of Poland’s population opposes this plan, while only about one third of respondents support it, according to opinion polls this year.

PGE, Poland’s largest power utility, hopes to stimulate a dialogue with the public through its website www.swiadomieoatomie.pl, said Chief Financial Officer Marzena Piszczek.

Poland relies on coal for 95 per cent of its electricity but aims for nuclear power to contribute 16 per cent by 2030.

PGE, in which the government owns a controlling stake, plans to publish tender details for the first nuclear power plant technology vendor by the year-end and to choose the vendor by the end of 2013, said Piszczek.

Poland aims to build two nuclear plant, each of 3 GW. PGE now has a shortlist of three sites, said Piszczek.

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