In February last year, KGHM entered into a contract with NuScale Power, a United States-based business, to begin the process of introducing small modular reactors (SMRs) in Poland. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission of the United States has now approved the technology provided by NuScale Power, making it the first SMR project to be certified in the US and the seventh globally among all nuclear technologies.
In the nuclear power industry, project certification is carried out to minimize investment risk.
NuScale Power’s modular light-water reactor nuclear power plant technology, developed by NuScale Power, provides energy for power generation, district heating, desalination, hydrogen production and other process heat applications. This groundbreaking solution is the only one among small modular reactor technologies to receive certification from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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Part of the transformation
In July 2022, KGHM submitted an application to the State Atomic Energy Agency (PAA) for a general opinion on selected conditions to allow the construction of a 462 MW modular nuclear power plant consisting of 6 modules, each with a capacity of 77 MW. The request was prepared based, among other things, on documentation for the project, which has just received final certification in the United States.
The small nuclear reactor project is directly related to KGHM’s Climate Policy, whose main goals are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
KGHM’s ambition is to effectively increase the share of renewable energy sources and in-house production in meeting its energy needs. The company has its own low-carbon generation sources powered by gas fuel. It is also developing renewable energy projects, including photovoltaic power plants on KGHM-owned land.
It is worth noting that a survey conducted by the Ministry of Climate and Environment shows that as many as 74 per cent of Poles support the construction of nuclear power plants in the country.