Westinghouse signs agreement with Poland's PEJ to progress NPP

20 December 2022

Polskie Elektrownie Jadrowe (PEJ) has signed a cooperation agreement with Westinghouse "defining the main principles and path forward for the first Polish nuclear reactors", which sets out the next steps, including site-layout, licensing and permitting support, engineering services contracts and procurement and construction planning services. In November, Westinghouse was selected by the Polish government to construct Poland’s first NPP using its AP1000. Both France’s EDF and South Korean state-run company Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) had also submitted bids for the contract.

Westinghouse expects to sign an additional agreement in mid-2023 relating to plant design. PEJ President Tomasz Stepien said the contract with Westinghouse “allows us to move on to more detailed work and commercial arrangements with the American side” and is “the first step towards starting designing the construction of a NPP in Pomerania

Poland’s energy plan envisages six large pressurised water reactors with a combined installed capacity of 6-9GWe to be built by 2040 with construction of the first NPP to start in 2026 for commissioning of the first unit in 2033 and subsequent units commissioned every 2-3 years.

In a separate development, Poland's ZE PAK, PGE (Polska Grupa Energetyczna) and KHNP in November signed a letter of intent to cooperate on a NPP project in Patnow, Poland, assessing the viability of building South Korean APR1400 reactors at the site of a former coal-powered plant.

Image courtesy of Westinghouse

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