US Engaged in Building Polands First Nuclear Power Plant

During the U.S.-Polish Nuclear Industry Forum held on Nov. 18 in Poland, Polands Prime Minister Piotr Naimski said that their nuclear power program will be handled by a joint venture in which Poland will have 51 percent stake and a “foreign partner” will have 49 percent, according to World Nuclear News.

Naimski also said that the Polish state-owned power company Polish Energy Group (PGE) could be a shareholder in that joint venture.

As for the foreign partner, although Poland might consider Korean or French technologies, it is likely that a U.S. company will be selected, according to Gazeta Prawna, as reported by Energy Central.

U.S. Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher who participated in the Forum said American companies are waiting and ready to cooperate with Poland on their nuclear project, reported portal nuclear.pl.

“Representatives of several dozen Polish and American companies are meeting today for direct talks to better understand potential benefits to Polish companies that could be realized under this partnership,” said Naimski as per the Joint Press Release.

The Polish Ministry of Energy plans to build 6 nuclear power units in Poland by 2043 with a total capacity of 6-9 GWe, which will account for “about 10 percent of Polands electricity generation,” reported World Nuclear News. The first block is to come online by 2033, according to the same source.

Naimski also stressed that financing must be secured next year to ensure that the project remains on schedule.

The total cost of the project will be roughly $51.4 billion (46.6 billion euros), Naimski said during the Forum, reported Energy Central.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry also attended the Forum. He said in a Joint Press Release “As a strategic partner, I am thrilled with the level of participation from our nuclear industry today, and I look forward to continued nuclear industry engagement between our two countries.”

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (L) and Polands Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and government commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski (R), in the official visit of the Republic of Poland, on June 12, 2019 (U.S. Department of Energy)
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (L) and Polands Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and government commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski (R), in the official visit of the Republic of Poland, on June 12, 2019 (U.S. Department of Energy)
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (L) and Polands Prime Minister Piotr Naimski (R), in Poland on June 12, 2019. (U.S. Department of Energy)

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