PEJ and Westinghouse have a pre-design contract for the first nuclear power plant

Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ) and Westinghouse Electric Company and Westinghouse Electric Poland have signed a contract for pre-design work on the first Polish nuclear power plant, which is to be built by 2032. Minister of Climate and Environment Anna  Moskwa announced that another contract strengthening cooperation between the companies is to be signed this year.

Today’s agreement begins joint activities that lead to the preparation of the power plant project. It covers work in 10 main substantive areas. Among them there are e.g. development of a detailed investment implementation model, preparation of a safety assessment and quality control program, as well as identification of potential suppliers with an emphasis on Polish companies. The signed contract (Bridge Contract) assumes that Westinghouse will complete over 100,000 man-hours in total for the nuclear power plant project in Pomerania.

“This is another important step in the construction of a nuclear power plant in our country. It will give us clean, safe and, above all, its own energy and an impulse for development,”  Moskwa said during a press conference.

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“The project is following the path, the environmental decision is being designed against all fears. All environmental consultations with our foreign partners that we carry out end positively. The next stages of these consultations are underway. The project is not only in line with the schedule, but also in an accelerated mode, and we promise to maintain this pace together with our partners […] until the end of this project, so that we can supply at least 3.75 GW to the Polish energy system in 2032, and in 2026 start building together,” she said.

President of PEJ Tomasz Stępień reminded that so far the company has indicated the preferred location for the first nuclear power plant in Pomerania in Poland, submitted an environmental report and started the process of obtaining an environmental decision.

“We supported the Polish government in choosing the technology for this first Polish power plant; this technology is the Westinghouse AP1000 technology and we signed a framework cooperation agreement with this company in December. At that time, we declared that at the beginning of the year we would sign the first of several contracts for design and preparatory work. And today we are implementing this milestone, i.e. we are moving from the conceptual phase to the pre-design and preparatory phase,” said Stępień during the conference.

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The first nuclear power plant in Poland is to be built in Pomerania. In 2021, Polish Nuclear Power Plants, after a series of research and analyzes carried out on an unprecedented scale, indicated “Lubiatowo-Kopalino” as the preferred location for power plants with a capacity of up to 3,750 MWe. In 2022, the company submitted to the General Director for Environmental Protection the so-called environmental report, necessary to obtain an environmental decision, which is one of the decisions needed to start construction. At the same time, both activities related to planning the construction of accompanying infrastructure and those aimed at conducting dialogue in the location area were intensified.

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