GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Polish engineering firm Energoprojekt Warszawa SA to discuss the feasibility of partnering on future reactor projects.

This MOU is the latest in a series of preliminary agreements that GEH has signed with Polish suppliers as the government prepares to develop the country’s first two nuclear generating stations as part of an effort to diversify its energy supplies.

Under the latest MOU, both companies will explore how Energoprojekt Warszawa could provide specific engineering services to GEH for the potential development of new nuclear power plants in Poland.

Poland’s largest utility Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA is still considering several reactor designs for the projects and the government expects to begin construction of the first nuclear power plant in 2016, and has targeted 2020 as the commercial date of operation for the first plant.

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