Westinghouse Electric Company has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with 22 companies in Poland that allow for cooperation on the potential construction of AP1000 reactors in the country as well as other potential projects in Central Europe.
The MoUs were signed in the Polish capital Warsaw in the presence of the US Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzeziński.
The memoranda establishes cooperation with several Polish companies such as Bureau Veritas Polska, Prochem SA, Energoprojekt Katowice SA and APS Energia SA.
“The involvement of the Polish industry in the creation of the nuclear industry in the country and its first power plant is absolutely crucial,” said Westinghouse Poland President Mirosław Kowalik. “Polish industry and companies have a wealth of experience and know-how in the construction of power units of all kinds. Many of them also have experience in working on nuclear projects around Europe.”
Earlier this month, the USA and Poland set out a detailed bilateral roadmap for the construction of six large nuclear reactors using US technology and a framework for strategic cooperation in civil nuclear energy.
The Concept and Execution Report for Civil Nuclear Cooperation, which fulfills an obligation under a 2020 intergovernmental agreement on nuclear energy cooperation, reflects more than 18 months of intensive work and millions of dollars of US-funded analysis and assessments, the two nations said in a joint press release. It is supported by detailed studies by Westinghouse and Bechtel on the feasibility of AP1000 technology to deliver on the expectations of the Polish nuclear power programme and Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ), the investor in the construction of nuclear power plants in Poland.
In July last year, Westinghouse announced the launch of front-end engineering and design work – based on AP1000 technology – under a grant from the US Trade and Development Agency “to progress” the nuclear energy programme in Poland. EDF of France submitted a “non-binding preliminary offer” to supply six EPR reactors in October. Poland has also received an offer from Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power for the construction of six APR-1400 reactors.