Westinghouse Electric Company has announced that it intends to invest in nuclear technologies in Poland, following a meeting between Patrick Fragman, CEO of Westinghouse, and Piotr Naimski, Poland’s Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure. Fragman said: “We commend the Polish government for their vision and leadership to address carbon emissions, air pollution, and increasing demands for reliable energy.”
Poland’s Energy Policy 2040 (PEP 2040) states that the country will build 6-9 GW of nuclear generating capacity by 2043 to replace retired coal-fired capacity. The policy aims to reduce the share of coal in the country’s electricity mix from 72 per cent in 2020 to 56 per cent in 2030. It includes construction of six nuclear power plants.
Westinghouse said that its AP1000 reactor design: “Offers the highest safety and operability in the market, and AP1000s in operation continue to set industry records in the ease and duration of commissioning and refuelling outages, as well as outstanding capacity factors.”
Westinghouse said that it will source and develop a nuclear supply chain that could create over 1000 jobs in Poland, were it to be selected as a nuclear partner.