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Poland inks deal on civil nuclear cooperation with the US

During the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Warsaw, Piotr Naimski, government plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure initialled an agreement between Poland and the US to cooperate in the field of civil nuclear technology development.

According to the statement of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the deal will allow Poland to benefit from the experience of the United State while working on the development of the Polish Nuclear Energy Program.

A year ago Poland had already signed a memorandum of understanding on civil nuclear energy cooperation with the US during President Andrzej Duda’s official visit to the White House.

In the framework of its Energy Policy until 2040, Poland envisages the construction of six nuclear units in Poland with a capacity of 1-1.5 gigawatts (GW) each (a total of 6-9 GW). The first block would be operational by 2033, and the next five by 2043. The Polish government is holding talks with several potential partners for the investment, with the expectation that a foreign partner would hold a significant stake as well as supplying the reactor technology and the US is a good candidate.

The agreement fits into the bigger picture of American nuclear ambitions set out by a strategic document which was published earlier this year by the Nuclear Fuel Working Group. The document titled Strategy to Restore American Nuclear Energy Leadership laid out an array of policy options across the entire nuclear fuel supply chain to revitalise the US nuclear energy industry and sent important messages to Central-Eastern European countries as well.

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