US-based Bechtel on 25 April signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with 12 Polish companies for the potential development of two new NPPs to support Poland’s transition to cleaner energy sources while retaining its independence. The MOUs were signed during a ceremony at the US ambassador’s residence in Warsaw.
The companies provide services ranging from earthwork and infrastructure construction to concrete, tunnelling, electrical installations, and heavy cranes. “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.”
US Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski said, “This signals another important step forward in a project that will bring our countries even closer together over a 100-year partnership.” 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 NPP.
The first 12 companies signing the MOUs include some of Poland’s largest and leading firms in heavy construction and engineering:
- 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 SA – Stell fabrication and module assembly.
- Zarmen – Electrical installations, manufacture of power equipment.
Bechtel said more agreements will follow in the future.