In a meeting in Karpacz, Poland, officials from U.S. small reactor developer NuScale Power LLC and Poland’s KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. (KGHM) signed the first Task Order and a Statement of Commencement to begin work under the Early Works Agreement (EWA) signed by the companies in February 2022.
Under the arrangement, NuScale will continue to support KGHM’s application to the National Atomic Energy Agency (NAEA), the first application in Poland for the deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs). The official review is design to evaluate of NuScale’s innovative SMR technology, through activities including drafting additional Preliminary Safety Analysis Reports and coordinating with the NAEA. This task order also sets the stage for the subsequent tasks in the EWA as proposed by NuScale to KGHM.
At its core, KGHM is a mining concern invested heavily in natural resource extraction that includes work at the largest deposit of copper ore in Europe, located in south-western Poland. By advancing our strategy into energy “we are systematically strengthening KGHM’s international position,” the company said.
“This agreement marks a significant milestone in NuScale and KGHM’s partnership history, making KGHM and Poland leaders in the race to rapidly decrease emissions worldwide,” said John Hopkins, NuScale Power President and Chief Executive Officer.
In addition to the signing at the Forum, both companies held a press event to highlight the continued partnership and received a visit earlier in the day from Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who was briefly updated on the status of NuScale’s technology.
This signing is an important next step to building the basis of project initiation towards the first NuScale VOYGR SMR power plant deployment in Poland and Central Europe. The step allows KGHM to become a catalyst for SMRs in the region.
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