The Strategist

GE Hitachi teams up with Synthos to build Poland's first nuclear power plant

10/22/2019 - 07:12

US-Japanese company GE Hitachi (GEH) and Polish company Synthos have signed a protocol of intent to deploy the BWRX-300 small modular nuclear reactor in Poland, which will be the first industrial reactor in the country, follows from GEH press release.

"The BWRX-300 is a breakthrough in the industry for which price has become a serious obstacle," said Jon Ball, GEH's vice president of nuclear power plant designs. He noted that a modular reactor could compete with natural gas and renewable energy.

“Small modular nuclear reactors can play a significant role in solving Poland’s energy problems, modernizing the country's energy sector and... abandoning coal,” said Synthos owner Mikhail Solovov.

The Polish authorities said earlier that they intend to build six nuclear power units with a total capacity of 6-9 GW within 20 years.

The BWRX-300 is a 300 MW water reactor with natural circulation and passive cooling.