Fluor Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) as GEH’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner to pursue nuclear new-build projects in Poland.

Poland’s power utility Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. (PGE) is scheduled to formally open the tender on 22 September for choosing a reactor design for a nuclear plant. PGE is expected to complete its vendor selection in mid-2013 and has targeted 2020 for starting commercial operation at the first plant.

PGE is leading the construction of two plants at separate locations. Poland aims for 6 GW of nuclear capacity by 2030.

“The Fluor and GEH consortium will provide PGE with world-class technology and a safe, efficient and reliable EPC delivery programme,” said Dave Dunning, president of Fluor’s Power Group.

“For more than 60 years, Fluor has provided nuclear services to the industry including the
design and construction support for 23 units, plus more than 90 million hours supporting operating nuclear units.”

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