GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Warsaw-based engineering firm Energoprojekt Warszawa, S.A. (EW) to discuss the feasibility of partnering on future Polish reactor projects.

Under the new MOU, both companies will explore how EW could provide specific engineering services to GEH for the potential development of new nuclear power plants in Poland.

Polish utility Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. (PGE) is considering several reactor designs for the projects. Poland’s government expects to begin construction of its first nuclear power plant in 2016 and has targeted 2020 as the commercial date of operation for the first plant.

“GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy continues to grow the local and global supply chain capabilities to help PGE successfully complete its first nuclear power plant projects,” said Danny Roderick, senior vice president, new plant projects for GEH.

The recent MOU is the latest in a series of preliminary agreements that GEH has signed with Polish suppliers. Among these are agreements with Stocznia Gdansk, a leading Polish shipyard and RAFAKO S.A., Europe’s leading boiler equipment manufacture for the potential manufacturing of nuclear components.

GEH is also collaborating with several Polish universities including Gdansk University of Technology, West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin University, and Koszalin University of Technology. It has donated a number of its

GateCycle heat balance modeling software packages to these universities to help with teaching advanced methods of plant modeling and troubleshooting to optimize plant performance.