French power group wants to build nuclear reactors in Poland

French state-controlled power group EDF has submitted an initial, non-binding offer to the Polish government to build four to six nuclear power units in Poland, EDF reported on Wednesday.

EDF stated in a press release that the offer included the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC - Engineering, Procurement, Construction) of four to six EPRs (European Pressurized Reactor) with a total installed capacity of 6.6-9.9 GW, in two to three locations. The European Pressurised Reactor is the third generation of the pressurised water reactor (PWR).

The French company pointed out that its initial offer included all the key parameters of the program, such as installation configurations, industrial diagrams, local supply chain development plans, cost estimates and schedules.

EDF argues that thanks to their experience in supporting the development of local supply chains, an EPR-based programme would also provide significant long-term growth opportunities for the Polish industry. EDF aims to involve Polish enterprises to a large extent and support the development of local industrial potential and highly qualified jobs. The construction of each EPR unit could create, according to EDF, up to 25,000 jobs.

EDF said that the offer supports the implementation of the objectives of the Polish Nuclear Power Programme (PPEJ) adopted by the Polish government in October 2020.

It also aims to define the principles of the Polish-French strategic partnership which supports Poland's ambitious energy transformation plan, in line with the European goal of carbon neutrality.

In July this year, EDF, belonging to the French state in 80 percent, opened its office in Warsaw. In February 2021, it appointed its high representative for nuclear cooperation with Poland, Philippe Crouzet.