2 November 2022
Today, US Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski welcomed the Polish government’s announcement that it will select US firm Westinghouse Electric Company to supply three AP1000 nuclear power reactors in Poland.
“I am grateful for the leadership shown by Prime Minister Morawiecki in overseeing the selection of Westinghouse for this historic project. Today, Poland is investing in a clean and secure energy future for all Polish people,” said Ambassador Brzezinski.
The selection of Westinghouse for this effort underscores the deep strategic security and economic ties between the United States and Poland. As Poland’s NATO ally, the United States’ commitment to Poland’s security is unwavering. In addition to the US-Poland relationship on defense, the United States is proud to be Poland’s strongest partner for both energy security and economic security.
The Westinghouse AP1000 is the safest nuclear power plant technology available in the world today. It will produce 3,600 MW, equivalent to 15% of Poland’s total electricity consumption.
The project represents 100 years of new strategic cooperation between the United States and Poland, including the construction phase, the operating life of the plants, and their future decommissioning. The construction of these nuclear power plants will support 20,000 well-paid Polish jobs. When fully operational, the project will avoid 26 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year, which some countries emit annually. It is one of the largest clean energy projects in European history.
Today’s decision is the culmination of a year-long effort between the United States and the Polish government to develop innovative joint financing and technical solutions to meet Polish clean energy needs. This first-of-its-kind effort involves a pioneering public-private partnership between the US government, Westinghouse.
and Bechtel, through which $10 million in major technical studies were jointly financed by the US parties.
This is just the beginning. Westinghouse and the Polish project company Polskie Elektroownie Jądrowe (PEJ) must now negotiate their commercial arrangement, and there is now much more engineering work that can go ahead. The United States Government encourages PEJ to select Bechtel as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project. The United States Government will remain engaged in meeting financial commitments. US and Polish regulators will continue to cooperate so that the Polish Atomic Energy Agency is prepared to regulate and license the construction and operation of AP1000 reactors.
As part of our intergovernmental agreement on civil nuclear energy, which is the basis of our cooperation on major nuclear technologies, the United States wants to establish the Department of Energy European Regional Clean Energy Training Center in Poland. The center will help bring experience and knowledge from our world-class national laboratories to Europe. This will help support this nuclear project and other future deployments of advanced US nuclear energy technology. The center will help train personnel and facilitate the integration of nuclear power with other clean technologies such as renewable energy.