Japan’s Hitachi, Toshiba, and Mitsubishi are eyeing up bids to develop what will be Poland’s first nuclear power plant.

A Polish treasury ministry statement quoted Japanese deputy economy, trade and industry minister Yosuke Takagi as making the comments after he met Poland’s deputy treasury minister Zdzislaw Gawlik on Tuesday.
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The project, expected to cost between $10bn and $15bn, was first proposed in 2009 as part of a drive to find alternatives to coal-fired power. Since then it has been delayed as falling power prices weakened its economic case and Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident hit public support.

Poland’s state-controlled power utility PGE is the leader of a consortium of Polish firms formed to undertake the project.