US nuclear power company Westinghouse Electric and engineering company Bechtel announced the signing of a formal agreement to partner on the design and construction of Poland’s first nuclear power plant at the Lubiatowo-Kopalino site in Pomerania. This agreement marks another important milestone on the journey to commercial operation for Poland’s first AP1000® nuclear reactor in 2033.
“American-Polish cooperation on development and deployment of advanced nuclear technologies continues to grow,” said Mark Brzezinski, the US Ambassador to Poland. “This agreement between Bechtel and Westinghouse, two global leaders in nuclear energy, is the next step in our cooperation. The United States is proud to be Poland’s closest partner for the clean energy transition.”
“This is a team with demonstrated ability to deliver on large nuclear energy projects,” commented David Durham, President for Energy Systems, Westinghouse. “The fleet experience we have earned with our advanced, proven AP1000 technology, including a 100 per cent complete design and construction lessons learned, will serve Poland well as it seeks decarbonisation and increased energy security.”
“Bechtel and Westinghouse bring more than 140 years of combined nuclear power experience,” stated John Howanitz, President of Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit. “Together we have both the proven technology and the hands-on experience required to build Poland’s first-ever nuclear energy program. We are eager to partner with the local workforce, suppliers and community, to deliver the clean and reliable energy Poland needs.”
The consortium and Polish utility Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe are expected to sign an engineering services contract this week.