Study completed for the first nuclear power plant in Poland
PAP said the Feed study was to be part of the US bid to the Polish government to build Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plants in the Eastern European country. The plants would be Poland’s first commercial nuclear units as Warsaw moves away from coal power while maintaining its energy independence.
According to PAP, the Feed study includes a master plan for the construction of three AP1000 plants and ancillary facilities at the Lubiatowo-Kopalino site in northern Poland.
In April, Bechtel signed memorandums of understanding with 12 companies in Poland for the potential development of nuclear power plants.
At the time, Bechtel and Westinghouse announced that they would jointly prepare an initial engineering design for a nuclear power plant equipped with three Westinghouse AP1000 units on the Baltic Sea coast.
In June, Bechtel announced a memorandum of understanding with Toshiba America Energy Systems and Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions to pursue the nuclear power project in Poland.
Toshiba joined a group of American and Polish companies organizing a team led by Bechtel and Westinghouse. Bechtel said Toshiba has supplied steam turbines, generators and services to power plants of all types.
The Feed study includes a construction schedule, an assessment of project risks and risk management, as well as an analysis of the impact of nuclear power plants on the Polish economy, PAP said.
First unit planned for 2033
Poland plans to build six nuclear units with a capacity of up to 9 GW. Its energy policy until 2040 assumes that the first unit with a capacity of approximately 1 to 1.6 GW will be commissioned in 2033. Subsequent units will be commissioned every two to three years.
Three companies are in the running for the project: Westinghouse, the French electricity company EDF and the South Korean company Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power.
In October 2021, EDF submitted a preliminary non-binding offer to the Polish government for the provision of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for four to six EPR reactors.
In April, KHNP submitted a non-binding bid for six power plants using its APR-1400 reactor technology.
The Polish government hopes to make a final decision on the project by the end of the year.
According to earlier reports, Westinghouse is expected to submit a bid for its AP1000 technology by the end of August.
Energy independence is essential for the geopolitics of any country, especially at a time when the next disputes will be in this area. As a result of the war between Russia and Ukraine, the countries subject to Russian energy resources have been revealed. Poland seeks to be more and more sovereign, creating new projects that allow it to achieve energy independence by protecting the national interest.
This should be an example for the whole West.
Candela Sol Silva is an energy engineering student in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a columnist for the right-wing conservative media “La Derecha Diario” (www.derechadiario.com.ar) and contains articles on different topics such as the economy, energy projects, analysis of international politics and political interviews.
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