Laurentis Energy supports Synthos and SMRs in Poland

18 October 2022

Canada’s Laurentis Energy Partners and Polish energy company, Synthos Green Energy, have signed a Master Services Agreement (MSA) to support the development and deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) in Poland. The signing took place at the Ministry of Climate and Environment in Poland, following a meeting between Ontario Canada’s Energy Minister, Todd Smith, and the Polish Undersecretary of State Adam Guibourgé-Czetwertynski.

The agreement enables international collaboration between Laurentis and Synthos Green Energy, beginning with early project planning.

Laurentis is a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and a full-scale SMR service provider. It offers expertise on the full development lifecycle of nuclear facilities, ranging from feasibility and planning through construction, commissioning, and operations.

Synthos Green Energy, together with its partner PKN ORLEN S.A., the largest multi-energy company in Central Europe, has established the joint venture (JV) company ORLEN Synthos Green Energy or OSGE. Together, the JV plans to deploy a fleet of GE Hitachi BWRX-300 SMRs in Poland, targeting the first to be in operation by the end of this decade.

“Based on Ontario’s experience with the BWRX-300 project to date, Laurentis is well positioned to provide expertise and support for SMR development in Poland,” said Dominique Minière, President of Laurentis Energy Partners. “The fact that the BWRX-300 technology has been chosen by experienced utilities from Canada…confirms that we have made the right decisions and that we are on the right track,” said Rafal Kasprów, CEO of Synthos Green Energy. “Working with Canadian entities, such as Laurentis Energy Partners, will allow us to learn from the first planned BWRX-300 deployments in the world, to accelerate project development in Poland.”

Laurentis’s parent company, OPG, announced in December 2021 that it would work with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy to deploy a BWRX-300 SMR at the Darlington new nuclear site – the only site in Canada currently licensed for a new nuclear build – with the mutual goal of constructing Canada’s first commercial, grid-scale SMR as early as 2028. Also in December 2021, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, BWXT Canada, and Synthos Green Energy announced the intention to support the deployment of SMRs in Poland. 

Image: Rafal Kasprów (left), CEO of Synthos Green Energy, is joined by Adam Guibourgé-Czetwertynski, Poland's under-secretary of state; Ontario energy minister Todd Smith; and Dominique Minière, president of Laurentis Energy Partners, at the signing ceremony (courtesy of Laurentis Energy Partners)

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