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GE Hitachi in discussions over possible SMR for Poland

  • 1 year, 8 months ago (2020-10-30)
  • David Flin
Europe 920 Nuclear 562

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has announced that Synthos Green Energy (SGE), part of the Synthos Group, has started discussions with Poland’s National Atomic Energy Agency (Państwowa Agencja Atomistyki – PAA) about a potential BWRX-300 small modular reactor project.

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Under the Polish Nuclear Act of 2000, before applying for a permit to construct a nuclear facility, a party such as SGE may ask PAA to issue a general opinion about the organisational and technical solutions to be applied in the construction and operation of a potential facility in Poland. SGE has submitted to PAA such a request regarding the BWRX-300. SGE and GEH have signed a strategic cooperation agreement on the development and deployment of the BWRX-300. In addition to GEH, Exelon Generation , Fortum , and CMS Legal in Warsaw are supporting SGE in this process.

The BWRX-300 is a 300 MW water-cooled, natural circulation SMR with passive safety systems that leverages the design and licensing basis of GEH’s ESBWR. Through dramatic design simplification, GEH projects that the BWRX-300 will require significantly less capital cost per MW when compared to other water-cooled SMR designs or existing large nuclear reactor designs.