Westinghouse and Bechtel have signed a formal agreement to partner on the design and construction of Poland’s first nuclear power plant at Lubiatowo-Kopalino.
Westinghouse said Poland would get its first AP1000 reactor in 2033.
The two expect to sign an engineering services contract with Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ), the client for the project, within the next week.
At the end of last year Poland opted for Westinghouse technology for the plant earmarked for the Baltic coast of Pomerania.
The Ministry of Climate and Environment issued a decision-in-principle to create PEJ as a special-purpose vehicle to oversee the project.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, held at the US embassy in Warsaw, Mark Brzezinski, the US ambassador to Poland, said American–Polish cooperation on advanced nuclear technologies continued to grow. “This agreement between … two global leaders in nuclear energy is the next step in our cooperation. The US is proud to be Poland’s closest partner for the clean energy transition,” he said.
John Howanitz, the president of Bechtel’s Nuclear division, added: “Together we have both the proven technology and the hands-on experience required to build Poland’s first-ever nuclear energy programme.”
Westinghouse will lead the consortium at the design stage and Bechtel during construction.