Longtime U.S. nuclear business contractors Bechtel and Westinghouse will workforce as much as pursue new reactor plant tasks in Poland.
This information follows the U.S. Trade and Development Agency announcement on June 30 offering a grant for a front-end engineering design (FEED) for a plant in Poland utilizing Westinghouse AP1000 reactors. The FEED is anticipated to be delivered in 12 months.
Poland is working towards its first nuclear energy plant in Gdansk and desires to construct out the carbon-free useful resource because it additionally phases out coal-fired technology.
“Nuclear energy holds nice promise as a clear and dependable provide of power for Poland,” stated Barbara Rusinko, president of Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental world enterprise unit. “Poland is taking steps to transition to a clear power economic system whereas retaining its power independence and safety. The Westinghouse-Bechtel workforce presents confirmed know-how and hands-on expertise in nuclear venture supply and is able to instantly assist Poland’s transformative imaginative and prescient.”
Bechtel is likely one of the main world engineering, procurement and development (EPC) companies on nuclear energy tasks. The firm has designed, constructed or offered companies on 80 nuclear reactors within the U.S. and almost twice that many total worldwide.
The U.S. has constructed solely two nuclear energy tasks up to now few a long time, and Bechtel was a key contractor on each of these. Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 went on-line about 5 years in the past, whereas Southern Co.’s Vogtle Units three and four enlargement in Georgia is because of be accomplished and commissioned over the subsequent two years.
The Westinghouse AP1000 pressurized water reactor is on the coronary heart of each the Watts Bar and Vogtle expansions. The firm declared Chapter 11 chapter in 2017—partially as a consequence of monetary challenges from a number of pricey reactor tasks–however emerged from that little greater than a yr later.
Bechtel took over the lead EPC duties for Westinghouse within the Vogtle enlargement.
More than half of Poland’s electrical energy is generated by coal-fired energy vegetation, and the nation has traditionally vital pure fuel from Russian pipelines. Polish leaders earlier introduced plans to part out coal by 2049.
Nuclear presently accounts for 20 p.c of the U.S. electrical energy useful resource combine and greater than half of its carbon-free technology.