French nuclear utility and procurement agency EDF said this week it had used the fifth Polish-French nuclear energy symposium in Oltarzew, Poland, to sign 5 new cooperation agreements with Polish companies. The company asserted that it intended to position itself as a strategic partner for implementing the Polish Nuclear Power Program (PPEJ).
The event was organized under the patronage of H.E. the French Ambassador to Poland Frédéric Billet, in cooperation with IGEOS and GIFEN, and was attended by representatives of the Polish Ministry of Climate and Environment. The most tangible goal in play was cooperation between Polish and French companies in support of EDF’s preliminary offer for the delivery of 4 to 6 EPRs in Poland with the specific target of having the first unit operational by 2033.
About 200 attendees representing more than 90 companies attended the event, which fostered numerous business-to-business meetings for the accelerated development of mutual cooperation in the fields of design, construction, and operation of EPR nuclear power plants in Poland and potentially worldwide.
EDF used the event to confirm its potential EPR programs with Polimex Mostostal, Sefako, Tele-fonika Kable, Uniserv and ZRE Katowice. Cooperation agreements were also concluded between Bouygues Travaux Publics and Budimex S.A. as well as between IGEOS and GIFEN. These agreements follow the signature of 5 cooperation agreements in December 2021 in France with Zarmen, Rafako, Dominion, Egis Polska and EPG.
“EDF’s ambition in Poland is very clear and has never varied: we want to deliver an integrated offer, based on European technology and European supply chain, to contribute to energy independence, security of supply and energy transition," said Yakisasai Ramany, EDF Senior Vice-President in charge of International Nuclear Development.
EDF submitted a non-binding preliminary offer to the Polish government on 13 October 2021, for the supply of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) activities for four to six EPR units in Poland, representing respectively a total installed capacity of 6.6 to 9.9 GWe across two to three sites. This preliminary offer covers all key parameters of the program such as plant configuration, industrial scheme, plans for the development of the local supply chain, cost estimate and schedule.
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