Memorandum of Understanding between Poland and the U.S. in the field of civil nuclear energy

On 12 June 2019, in Washington, the Government Plenipotentiary for Critical Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski and the U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the cooperation in the use of nuclear energy for civil purposes. This Memorandum expresses both parties’ readiness to cooperate in the Polish nuclear energy programme.

The Memorandum signed is a deepening of the discussion on nuclear energy held within the Polish-American energy dialogue launched in March 2019.

The parties expressed e.g. their will to jointly define the conditions necessary for the development of the Polish nuclear programme, taking into account particularly the funding rules, human resources development and local industry engagement.

The Memorandum was signed in the margins of the meeting of the President Andrzej Duda and the President Donald Trump in the White House. During the joint conference the President of the U.S. said that this agreement will advance Poland’s energy and security, and deepen our bilateral commercial ties. In turn, the President Andrzej Duda expressed his hope that, together, we will be able to implement this programme with the benefit for environment protection with the benefit for (inaudible) protection across the globe, and also for the development of the security of my homeland.

The Energy Policy of Poland until 2040 project (PEP2040) envisages the building of six nuclear reactors of 1–1.5GW each (6–9GW altogether). The operation of the first reactor is to be launched by 2033, and the remaining five reactors by 2043. The first nuclear power plant in Poland is to be built in Pomerania.

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