Korea Hydro Nuclear Power (KHNP) representatives visited Poland’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment on April 21 and submitted an offer to participate in a project to build Poland’s first nuclear power plant.
Nam Yo-shik, head of the Growth Business Division at KHNP, met with Piotr Naimski, Plenipotentiary of Strategic Energy Infrastructure, and Adam Guibourge-Czetwertynski, Poland’s undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, and delivered Korea’s offer and a letter from Minister Moon Sung-wook of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE).
In his meeting with Undersecretary Guibourge-Czetwertynski, Nam explained Korean standard nuclear power plant’s safety, excellence and economical feasibility as well as KHNP’s business management capabilities and differentiation technologies with other rivals.
Nam also explained the Korean nuclear power industry’s efforts to win the Polish project and delivered the Korean government’s full support.
KHNP also stressed Korea and Poland’s joint efforts to implement the nuclear power project based on cooperative ties through the holding of meetings that took place in Poland, such as the Korean-Polish Nuclear Power Forum, the Korean-Polish B2B Conference and the APR Conference and a multiple of MOUs signed with Polish companies.
Last year, the Polish government announced a revision of the 2040 national energy policy, calling for the construction of new energy plants.
Under the plan, Poland will introduce six nuclear power units by 2043, the first of which will be in operation by 2033.
The plan is designed to stabilize the nation’s power supply by replacing old thermal power plants, while also achieving carbon neutrality.
Poland plans to ramp up energy security, which has emerged as a significant issue following Russia’ invasion of Ukraine.
The Polish government has asked Korea, the United States and France to submit a nuclear power project offer.
MOTIE Minister Moon and KHNP President Jeong Jae-hoon met with Naimski, Plenipotentiary of Strategic Energy Infrastructure in Poland last November and stressed that Korea is an optimal partner in Poland’s nuclear power project.
KHNP President Jeong said, “KHNP has the best competitiveness in all areas, including technology power, economic feasibility, project capabilities and funding among contenders of the Polish nuclear power project.”
(from left) Nam Yo-shik, head of the Growth Business Division at Korea Hydro Nuclear Power, Daewoo E&C President Baek Jung-wan, Senior Executive Vice President Na Ki-yon of Doosan Enerbility, KHNP President Chung Jae-hoon, President Kim Sung-am of KEPCO E&C, President Choi Ik-soo of Korea Nuclear Fuel, and Senior Executive Vice President Hwang In-ok of KEPCO KPS gesture as they attend a meeting to “Team Korea Joint Cooperation Consultation Committee,” designed to land a Czech nuclear power project on April 7.
Team Korea Participates in Tripartite Race to Win Czech Nuclear Power Project
The Czech Republic excluded Russia and China from the Czech nuclear power project, making it a tripartite competition among Korea, the United States and France.
Korea’s consortium, dubbed Team Korea, plans to spare no efforts to win the project, based on the experience of having successfully implemented a nuclear power export project to the United Arab Emirates, as well as its aggressive support.
The Czech project calls for building a nuclear power unit with a capacity of 1,000 to1,200MW at a cost of approximately 8 trillion won.
Korean industry sources said the Czech Republic excluded Russia and China from eligible countries in the issuance of a request for proposals.
KHNP has joined forces with Korea Electric Power Corp. KEPCO NF, Doosan Enerbility and Daewoo E&C in their efforts to win the project.