Companies sign agreements to support Polish SMR deployment

01 July 2024

Polish company ORLEN Synthos Green Energy (OSGE) has signed a teaming agreement and two bilateral agreements with North American companies to support the planned deployment of a fleet of BWRX-300 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Poland.

Ambassador Catherine Godin (on the left) and Minister Mary Ng (centre) witnessed the signing of the agreements by representatives of OSGE, Aecon, AtkinsRéalis and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (Image: OSGE/PAP)

OSGE said the cooperation agreements with Aecon Group Inc and AtkinsRéalis company Candu Energy Inc, and the teaming agreement with Aecon, AtkinsRéalis and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, were signed at a ceremony in Warsaw, attended by Canada's Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development Mary Ng and Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Poland Catherine Godin.

OSGE - a joint venture between chemical producers SGE and PKN Orlen - plans to deploy the first of a fleet of BWRX-300s before the end of this decade and received the go-ahead to begin environmental and siting research for a planned small modular reactor (SMR) project in Stawy Monowskie, in Małopolska, earlier this year.

"We are positioning ourselves as the partner of choice for utilities worldwide on deploying nuclear power technology," AtkinsRéalis President and CEO Ian Edwards said. "As Poland undertakes a visionary modernisation of its power grid, moving away from coal and toward nuclear power via both large and small reactors, we’re thrilled to offer our expertise to provide Poland with clean, reliable, and safe electricity for generations."

Construction and infrastructure company Aecon is the Canadian constructor of the first-of-a-kind BWRX-300 reactor which is to be built at Ontario Power Generation's Darlington New Nuclear Project, and is also delivering the ongoing nuclear refurbishment projects at Ontario Power Generation and Bruce Power's CANDU plants in partnership with AtkinsRéalis.

"We’re pleased to bring our full spectrum of construction solutions to support OSGE in collaboratively planning the deployment of the next generation of nuclear technology, contributing to the supply of clean, reliable and affordable electricity in Poland,” said Aecon Executive Vice President, Nuclear and Civil Thomas Clochard.

Researched and written by World Nuclear News