Westinghouse selected Polish companies to support construction of nuclear power plant

Seven Polish companies have been selected by Westinghouse to support the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Pomerania. According to Westinghouse CEO Patrick Fragman, the selected companies will be able to build individual modules of the power units.

The companies identified by Westinghouse are: Polimex Mostostal Siedlce, Baltic Operator from the Baltic Industrial Group, Mostostal Kielce, Mostostal Kraków, ZKS Ferrum, Famak and Energomontaż-Północ Gdynia.

“The selection process was conducted in a transparent and competitive manner, taking into account the quality assurance requirements applicable to nuclear reactor equipment,” – the US company informed.

As the company conveyed, this is part of the process of preparing for the execution phase of the project at the Lubiatowo-Kopalino site, but the selected companies will be able to support other European Westinghouse projects, such as in Bulgaria or Ukraine.

– The entire Polish nuclear programme is transformational and has a significant impact on the entire economy. We are creating not only a tool for the production of electricity and heat, but a whole industry with a scientific and technical background,’ Patrick Fragman said.

As he explained, Westinghouse, together with Bechtel, has been working for the past two years to establish supply chains in Poland and to select and qualify the companies that will participate in them.

“We selected seven Polish companies that could start working on the individual modules right away

Polimex Mostostal Siedlce is primarily a manufacturer of steel structures. Baltic Operator produces steel structures and handling equipment, used in ports or power plants, among others. Mostostal Kielce specialises in infrastructure construction, while Mostostal Kraków manufactures and assembles steel structures.

ZKS Ferrum is a manufacturer of welded structures, including cisterns, tanks and boilers. Famak manufactures handling equipment, and Energomontaż-Północ Gdynia produces specialised steel structures, including for the nuclear sector. The company supplied such elements to, for example, the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear unit in Finland.

The current version of the 2020 Polish Nuclear Power Programme (PPEJ) envisages the construction of two nuclear power plants with a total capacity of 6-9 GW. Construction of the first – in Pomerania – would start in 2026, with the first unit to start in 2033 and the next two in the next three years. The previous government identified the Westinghouse-Bechtel consortium as a partner for this construction. Approval of the site selection for the second power plant would take place in 2028 and construction would start in 2032. The Ministry of Climate announces an update of the NPPJ in 2024.

Source: PortalMorski.pl

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