Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki and US Vice President, Kamala Harris held a telephone conversation on Sunday discussing opportunities to enhance bilateral cooperation on civil nuclear power generation in Poland.
The Polish Prime Minister emphasised that the government is extensively analysing the possibilities of constructing a large nuclear power plant and developing small modular nuclear reactors, adding that the development of nuclear energy is vital for Poland.
Kamala Harris confirmed that the US administration was ready to share its experiences in this area emphasising that nuclear cooperation could advance European energy security, support global climate solutions and create thousands of clean energy jobs in both Poland and the United States.
Both leaders agreed that the last few months have been significant for the Polish-American strategic partnership. President Joe Biden’s decision to establish a permanent military presence in Poland is emblematic of this.
Warsaw has recently taken major steps toward accelerating the country’s planned integration of nuclear energy within its energy mix. In August, the Polish government adopted a draft act amending the rules for the preparation and implementation of investments in nuclear power to shorten the time of implementation.
Poland plans to add six large pressurised water reactors with a combined installed capacity of 6-9 gigawatts (GW) by 2040 to reduce its historic heavy reliance on coal.
Earlier this year, US company Westinghouse signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ten Polish companies covering cooperation on the potential deployment of six AP1000 plants for the Polish Nuclear Power Plant program.