Westinghouse signs MOU with Polish utility PGE

28 April 2010

Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with leading Polish energy provider Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) to jointly study the feasibility of building new AP1000 nuclear reactors in Poland.

The deal follows a MOU signed between PGE and GE Hitachi in March to investigate the feasibility of building ABWRs or ESBWRs in the country. Also in March, the Polish government identified Zarnowiec, located on the Baltic Sea 40km from Gdansk, as the best location for the first NPP to be built in the country by 2020.

Director, International Project Development for Westinghouse, Bob Pearce, says that the agreement with PGE is an important step in offering Poland a genuine solution to the country's most challenging energy issues. "We welcome the opportunity to partner with PGE in supporting Poland's nuclear energy programme, and look forward to collaborating on meeting their economic and energy priorities”

Pearce adds that Westinghouse is committed to building long-term partnerships in Poland. "The AP1000 PWR provides a greater opportunity for localization of supply for these projects, resulting in jobs and long-term economic benefits for the people of Poland. We welcome the opportunity to develop a clean, reliable, and secure energy source utilizing the significant skills of the Polish people."

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