GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with Poland’s Stocznia Gdansk, a major shipyard, and Rafako, Europe’s leading boiler equipment manufacturer, to pursue opportunities to build nuclear components.
State-owned utility PGE is leading Poland’s efforts to develop the country’s first two nuclear generating stations and is currently evaluating several reactor technologies for these plants, including two GEH reactor designs: the 1350 MW ABWR and the 1520 MW ESBWR.
These MOUs are the latest of several for GEH in Poland as a growing number of countries prepare to build new nuclear power plants to generate low-carbon electricity and strengthen their energy security. GEH previously signed an agreement with global engineering services firm SNC-Lavalin Polska to collaborate on potential projects in Poland.
GEH further committed to a strong Polish workforce by agreements with universities to train Polish students on nuclear technology and offer internships for Polish students this summer in the United States.
Along with these agreements, GEH also donated two GE GateCycle software licenses to Gdansk University of Technology to help train a new generation of highly skilled nuclear engineers to operate the new facilities. In 2010, GEH donated five licenses to the Warsaw University of Technology.
This heat balance software is used to model nuclear steam cycles and teach engineering students advanced methods of plant modeling and troubleshooting to optimize plant performance.
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