China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) is in discussions with the Polish government with a view to potentially building the country’s first nuclear power plant.
In a statement CGN said talks took place with a Polish delegation headed by Andrzej Piotrowski, deputy minister of energy in Shenzhen earlier this month. Piotrowski met his Chinese counterpart Li Fanrong in Beijing. The two countries signed a memorandum on nuclear cooperation for civil use.
The Polish delegation visited Dayawan nuclear plant and Hualong One reactors project, according to the statement released on CGN's website.
It’s another sign of the growing influence of CGN in the European market, having already signed up to partner with EDF to develop the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project in England, a project hailed as a gateway to promote Chinese nuclear technology.
"The UK has a very high standard for nuclear energy, especially in the aspect of its safety. If Hualong One could enter the British market, it means that the nuclear technology of China comes very close to those of developed countries," Zhao Chengkun, former director of China's National Nuclear Safety Administration, told China Business News.
Poland government plans to build two nuclear power plants with a total capacity of six million kilowatts, the statement noted.
Companies including France's Areva and EDF, the US' Westinghouse and Canada's SNC-Lavalin Nuclear are also eyeing to take part in the race, according to Polish media