Choice of technology not stipulated by Poland-US nuclear deal - official

Poland wants to choose the technology and partner "at the end of 2021", Naimski said. Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

The intergovernmental agreement with the US on the development of a civil nuclear power programme does not impose a choice of technology for the Polish plant, Piotr Naimski, gov't commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, said on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Naimski officially inked the copies of the civil nuclear power deal between the two countries signed by the US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and sent from Washington.

Earlier, the two officials struck the agreement on the development of a civil nuclear power programme and the civil nuclear power sector in Poland during a virtual ceremony held simultaneously in Warsaw and Washington on October 19.

However, Naimski said, that financial details for the new plant were not part of the deal and construction costs and funding were still subject to negotiation.

The Polish-US agreement does not require Poland to choose a particular technology or a partner for the nuclear project, Naimski said. It provides for the preparation and presentation to the Polish government, within 18 months, of an offer for the participation of American companies in the recently updated 20-year Polish Nuclear Power Programme, which foresees the construction of six nuclear reactors with a total capacity of 6-9 GW, with the first reactor to be operational in 2033.

Poland wants to choose the technology and partner "at the end of 2021", Naimski said.

Asked whether the Polish government is looking for suppliers other than the US, he said that "various options may be considered."