WARSAW (Reuters) – US company Westinghouse Electric will build Poland’s first nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday, cutting the country’s carbon emissions and phasing out coal confirmed the long-awaited decision aimed at
Poland’s choice of a partner from the United States, as Russia wages war in neighboring Ukraine, highlights Warsaw’s focus on its relationship with Washington at a time when its security is in the spotlight. emphasized.
“We confirm that our nuclear projects use @WECNuclear’s trusted and safe technology,” Morawiecki said on Twitter.
Westinghouse was competing with South Korean state-owned Korea Hydro Nuclear Power, which submitted an offer in April. Warsaw was also discussing the project with a French company.
Vice President Kamala Harris tweeted, “The US partnership on this project is a win-win for all of us. Addressing the climate crisis, enhancing European energy security and deepening US-Poland strategic ties. I can.
Harris worked with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to help Westinghouse secure the deal and has been involved with Morawiecki several times over the past year, White House officials said. The project will create thousands of American jobs, officials added.
Westinghouse and the US election sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin “about the strength and engagement of the US-Poland alliance,” a senior US government official said.
Warsaw was looking for a partner to build 6-9 gigawatts (GW) of nuclear capacity and provide up to 49% equity financing for the project. He has selected the technology for his first three reactors by the end of 2022, and the first set he plans to start operating in 2033.
“We understand that the decision is for the first three reactors and that Poland ultimately intends to build six AP1000 reactors from Westinghouse, with a second of the three reactors at a later date. We look forward to making a formal decision on the set,” a US official said. Said.
Sources say Poland will first select the technology that will indicate who the partners will be, after which they will discuss contract details.
Reported by Justyna Pawlak and Anna Koper. Additional reporting by Andrea Charal of Washington. Edited by Grant McCool and Cynthia Osterman
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