WARSAW, Poland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Westinghouse Electric Company and Bechtel today announced the signing of a formal agreement to partner on the design and construction of Poland's first nuclear power plant at the Lubiatowo-Kopalino site in Pomerania. This agreement marks another important milestone on the journey to commercial operation for Poland’s first AP1000® nuclear reactor in 2033.
“American-Polish cooperation on development and deployment of advanced nuclear technologies continues to grow. This agreement between Bechtel and Westinghouse, two global leaders in nuclear energy, is the next step in our cooperation. The United States is proud to be Poland’s closest partner for the clean energy transition,” said Mark Brzezinski, the U.S. Ambassador to Poland.
“The agreement is another important milestone in our cooperation with Poland. I am extremely confident that these two partners, Westinghouse and Bechtel will bring the high caliber of nuclear energy technology to the Polish people,” said Dr. Kathryn Huff, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.
“This is a team with demonstrated ability to deliver on large nuclear energy projects,” said David Durham, President for Energy Systems, Westinghouse. “The fleet experience we have earned with our advanced, proven AP1000 technology, including a 100% complete design and construction lessons-learned, will serve Poland well as it seeks decarbonization and increased energy security.”
“Bechtel and Westinghouse bring more than 140 years of combined nuclear power experience,” said John Howanitz, President of Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit. “Together we have both the proven technology and the hands-on experience required to build Poland’s first-ever nuclear energy program. We are eager to partner with the local workforce, suppliers, and community, to deliver the clean and reliable energy Poland needs.”
The consortium and Polish utility Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe are expected to sign an engineering services contract next week.
The Polish government selected the Westinghouse AP1000® reactor technology for its first-ever nuclear energy program in November 2022. Significant licensing and engineering work is already underway on the project that will deliver reliable, clean and safe power to Poland.
The AP1000 is the only operating Generation III+ reactor with fully passive safety systems, modular construction design and the smallest footprint per MWe on the market. In the U.S., at the Vogtle site in Georgia, one AP1000 unit is producing power for the grid while a second unit recently completed its initial fuel load with commercial operations likely later this year or early-2024. Four AP1000 reactors are currently setting operational performance and availability records in China with six additional reactors under construction there. Earlier this year, Bulgaria selected the AP1000 technology for its new reactor program and the technology is under consideration at multiple other sites in Central and Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom, and in North America.
Westinghouse Electric Company is shaping the future of carbon-free energy by providing safe, innovative nuclear and other clean power technologies and services globally. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first commercial pressurized water reactor in 1957 and the company’s technology is the basis for nearly one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants. Over 135 years of innovation makes Westinghouse the preferred partner for advanced technologies covering the complete nuclear energy life cycle. For more information, visit www.westinghousenuclear.com and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and X.
Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner to industry and government. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact. Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.
Bechtel serves the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.