Westinghouse Leads Technical Training Workshop for Key Polish Suppliers Down Selected to Support AP1000® Project

Event Supports Our Strategy to Invest in the Polish Supply Chain

Poland is at a transformational moment as it prepares for a clean energy future – having selected Westinghouse’s advanced AP1000® technology for the first three reactors for its nuclear energy program.

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In support of this visionary nuclear power plant project, Westinghouse recently held a three-day, in-depth technical training in Warsaw for the seven key suppliers previously down selected for the project - Polimex Mostostal Siedlce, Baltic Operator (Grupa Przemyslowa Baltic), Mostostal Kielce, Mostostal Krakow, ZKS Ferrum, Famak and Energomontaz-Polnoc Gdynia. The training is part of the preparation for the execution phase of the project in Lubiatowo-Kopalino.

“At Westinghouse, we are focused on localization through our ‘We Buy Where We Build’ approach,” said Sean Jones, senior director of Westinghouse Energy Systems Account Management & Procurement Execution. “This means we invest in local Polish companies to build the country’s supply chain now, while supporting other European projects in the future.”

The workshop included an overview of the Polish project and other AP1000 technology opportunities in the region, as well as Westinghouse’s unwavering commitment to quality and safety. In-depth, technical workstreams were held to further detail:

  • The quality assurance program, which strictly follows the standards of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA-1) certification.
  • Engineering and manufacturing activities, emphasizing the AP1000 innovative modular construction that reduces time for plant construction and costs, and leads to increased safety, better schedule predictability and improved quality.
  • Project management responsibilities of our supply chain partners, including supplier development and oversight, schedule and documentation and commercial requirements.

Westinghouse Leads Technical Training Workshop for Key Polish Suppliers Down Selected to Support AP1000® Project 1

“This successful workshop is another important demonstration of our partnership with Polish companies and commitment to Poland’s clean energy future,” said Miroslaw Kowalik, president of Westinghouse Poland. “The selection of the advanced AP1000 technology represents a 100-year partnership between Poland and the United States, and we are thrilled to leverage impressive suppliers like these to help execute this work that will positively shape generations to come.”

The Polish project is being implemented by Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ), a state-owned company responsible for implementation and execution of the Polish Nuclear Energy Program (PPEJ). The Program will deliver safe and reliable Generation III+ pressurized water reactors – the first three will be built using advanced AP1000 technology at the Lubiatowo-Kopalino location in the Pomerania region. The supplier down selection process was conducted by Westinghouse in a transparent and competitive manner considering requirements of quality assurance applicable to nuclear island equipment.

The advanced AP1000 reactor is the only Generation III+ reactor in operation with fully passive safety systems, modular construction design and the smallest footprint per MWe. There are six AP1000 reactors operating across the world: two AP1000 units at the Vogtle site in Georgia, along with four AP1000 units currently setting performance and availability records in China with eight additional reactors under construction. The AP1000 technology has also been selected for nuclear energy programs in Ukraine and Bulgaria and is under consideration for sites in Central and Eastern Europe, the UK, India and North America.

The Impact of Westinghouse Investments in the Polish Supply Chain

  • Using the Polish supply chain to support installations around the world will open up further economic opportunity for Poland. It is estimated that each AP1000 unit installed in the region can provide PLN 1.9 billion in Polish GDP due to the use of this supply chain.
  • Selecting a single technology, like the advanced AP1000 reactor, for Poland’s nuclear projects, will inherently offer synergies and opportunities for cost efficiency in construction. Furthermore, rollout of the six AP1000 units in Poland and subsequent supply chain development can lead to a much broader spectrum of nuclear opportunities to service other AP1000 units that are likely to be built in the region.
  • Learn more about the economic impact of the Polish AP1000 Project in this independent report from PricewaterhouseCoopers.