Feasibility study completed on SMRs for Poland

18 December 2020

Poland’s Synthos Green Energy has announced completion of a deployment feasibility study for the implementation of a fleet of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy BWRX-300 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Poland.

The study, which was prepared by US-based Exelon Generation, will help the Synthos Group estimate how many reactors would need to be built to make the most of the cost effect of serial SMR production.

“Exelon is ready to support Synthos using our nuclear experience and know-how to deploy one or more small modular reactors in Poland,” said Ralph Hunter, managing director and chief operating officer of Exelon Nuclear Partners.The feasibility study covers the analysis of key aspects of SMR technology implementation: from cost issues to personnel policy, regulatory and security issues to construction models and operational issues.

“The feasibility study is a very important step in the implementation of our project of introducing SMR technology on the Polish market. The document will be the basis for creating an accurate roadmap for the whole project - said Rafal Kasprów, CEO of Synthos Green Energy.  In October, Synthos Green Energy, together with its partners, began a regulatory dialogue with the Polish National Atomic Energy Agency on the possibility of building the BWRX-300 in Poland.

Synthos Group sees SMR technology as an opportunity for the deep decarbonisation of Polish industry and heating sector. At the beginning of 2019, Synthos Group, belonging to Michal Solowow, recognised the advantages of SMRs.

Synthos was the first private company in the world to sign a cooperation agreement with GEH for the construction of the BWRX-300 reactor in Poland. Synthos Group also cooperates with US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, which is working on a modular microreactor.

Also on 12 December, US Export-Import Bank President and Chairman Kimberly A Reed concluded a three-day visit to Poland focused on strengthening US-Polish relations through the export of US goods and services, including in the nuclear, clean, and renewable energy sector. Reed also signed memorandums of understanding with Poland’s Bank Gospodarstwa Krjowego (BGK) and the Ministry of Climate and Environment. During the visit, Reed also met with Poland’s Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski. In November, Reed and Naimski had participated in a virtual panel discussion about clean energy innovation.

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