Bechtel forges Polish partnerships for civil nuclear programme

26 April 2022

Bechtel has signed Memoranda of Understanding with 12 Polish companies for the potential development of two new civil nuclear power plants.

The companies provide services ranging from earthwork and infrastructure construction to concrete, tunnelling, electrical installations, and heavy cranes, a statement says.

“Construction of these power plants would require Polish expertise and thousands of skilled, Polish workers,” said Ahmet Tokpinar, general manager of Bechtel’s Nuclear Power business line. “As the EPC partner for these projects, Bechtel intends to join with a large number of Polish companies as key members of our subcontracting team. Now is the time to identify these future partners in the supply chain.”

Bechtel and Westinghouse Electric Company are jointly preparing a front-end engineering design for the government’s consideration for a three-reactor plant on the Baltic Sea coast. The plant, using Westinghouse AP1000 reactors, would be Poland’s first civil nuclear power plant.

The first 12 companies signing the MOUs include:

  • BAKS – Electrical cable route manufacturing.
  • Budimex - General contractor in infrastructure sectors: road, rail, airport; building construction, energy, industrial and environmental.
  • Doraco – General contractor, construction, tunnelling, and assembly.
  • Energoprojekt – Katowice SA – Engineering for power, chemical, petrochemical, and industrial installations.
  • Hitachi Energy Poland – Manufacture of transformers, high voltage products, enterprise software, and substation automation systems
  • ILF – Engineering of industrial and infrastructure projects
  • KB Pomorze – Engineering, procurement, construction of refineries, petrochemical plants, handling and storage terminals
  • Mostostal Warzsawa – General contractor across all sectors
  • Polimex Mostostal – General contractor and engineering in the energy, petrochemical, and environmental protection sectors.
  • Protea Group – Cranes, lifting, and handling equipment
  • Vistal Gdynia S.A. – Stell fabrication and module assembly
  • Zarmen – Electrical installations, manufacture of power equipment

More agreements are expected to follow in the future and the latest MOUs follow an earlier deal between Bechtel, Westinghouse and GE Steam Power to explore opportunities in civil nuclear power projects in Poland.

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