By Patrick Akaa
South Korea and Poland have signed outline agreements to develop nuclear power in Poland, as Poland strives to phase out coal and lower its carbon emissions and South Korea seeks to revive its nuclear industry.
Poland’s ZE PAK and PGE and Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) will assess the viability of building four 1,400 megawatt nuclear reactors in Patnow, central Poland, using South Korean technology, the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said on Monday in a joint statement with the Polish Ministry of State Assets.
The companies, with government backing, intend to prepare a preliminary development plan for the plant by the end of this year. Since the election this year of President Yoon Suk-yeol, who pledged to revive the country’s nuclear power industry, South Korea has stepped up efforts to win nuclear power plant export orders.
If a final deal is signed, it will be an achievement supported by the Korean government’s firm determination and policy to export nuclear plants.
During his visit to South Korea, Polish State Assets Minister, Jacek Sasin, also discussed enhancing Poland’s defence partnership with Seoul.