US to set up nuclear-energy training centre in Warsaw: Polish gov’t

The United States administration has decided to establish a training centre for nuclear energy officials from Central and Eastern Europe in the Polish capital Warsaw in 2023, the Polish government has said.


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The decision was announced by Poland’s Climate and Energy Minister Anna Moskwa on Wednesday, public broadcaster TVP Info reported on Wednesday. 

Moskwa told the state PAP news agency that the US would set up a so-called Clean Energy Training Centre in Poland by the end of the year. 

The climate and environment minister said: “It will be a training centre in nuclear energy for Central and Eastern Europe, based in Warsaw. According to our plans, it will launch operations before the end of the year.”

Moskwa added that the facility would be overseen by the US Department of Energy in partnership with Poland’s Ministry of Climate and the Environment.

The minister said the new centre would train staff for nuclear projects in Poland, including large-scale nuclear plants as well as those using the small modular reactor (SMR) technology.

She added that the Clean Energy Training Centre would offer post-graduate studies, specialised training courses for companies already present on the market, as well as project-management courses for engineers, among other programmes.

Moskwa said that the courses would be run by experts from the Warsaw Institute of Technology (PW), among others.

Poland’s first nuclear power plant to be ready by 2033

In May, the Polish government and PEJ signed a “milestone” agreement with US nuclear companies Westinghouse and Bechtel on the design and construction of Poland’s first planned nuclear power plant.

Poland’s first nuclear station is set to be built in the northern villages of Lubiatowo and Kopalino using Westinghouse’s AP1000 reactor technology, officials said.

Construction is set to start in 2026, with the first of three reactors slated to be ready in 2033, according to the Polish government. 

In April, Poland’s state-run energy giant PGE and the biggest private energy firm ZE PAK created a joint-venture company that will team up with South Korea’s KHNP to build a nuclear plant in western Poland, news outlets reported at the time.  

In all, Poland’s nuclear energy policy foresees the creation of six nuclear reactors with a combined installed capacity of 6-9 GW, the PAP news agency reported.

Meanwhile in July, the Polish government approved a plan by state mining company KGHM to build a nuclear power plant based on small modular reactor (SMR) technology.  


Source: TVP InfoPAP

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