Bechtel, Toshiba partner on Polish nuclear project

June 15, 2022, 9:30AMNuclear News
Bechtel’s Ahmet Tokpinar (right) at the MOU signing ceremony with Toshiba executives Yuki Arima (left) and Kentaro Takagi. (Photo: Bechtel)

Engineering, construction, and project management firm Bechtel Corporation last week announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Toshiba America Energy Systems and Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions to pursue a civil nuclear power plant project in Poland.

Toshiba is the latest firm to join the group of U.S. and Polish companies organizing a team led by Bechtel and Westinghouse Electric Company. With grant support from the United States Trade and Development Agency, Bechtel and Westinghouse are jointly preparing a front-end engineering design for the Polish government’s consideration of a three-unit AP1000 plant.

The proposed facility would be Poland’s first nuclear power station, as the country attempts to transition away from coal-fired energy while at the same time maintaining its energy independence. The preferred site for the plant is Lubiatowo-Kopalino, near the Baltic Sea coast.

What they’re saying: “Any new nuclear plant requires expertise from proven companies with the required certifications,” stated Ahmet Tokpinar, general manager of Bechtel’s nuclear power business line. “Toshiba has supplied steam turbines, generators, and services to power plants of all types for nearly 100 years. This is a team with proven manufacturing capabilities and a record of excellent service.”

“We are honored to be partnering with Bechtel as this exciting opportunity develops to support Poland’s new nuclear power plant pursuits,” said Kentaro Takagi, president and chief executive officer at Toshiba America Energy Systems.

Yuki Arima, business unit manager for the power systems division of Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions, added, “As demand for low-carbon and stable energy sources increases, Toshiba has been working closely with our clients and partners to successfully deliver safe and reliable nuclear power solutions that make a positive impact across the world.”

In case you missed it: In late April, Bechtel signed MOUs with a dozen Polish companies for the potential development of nuclear plants in Poland. With services ranging from earthwork and infrastructure construction to concrete, tunneling, electrical installations, and heavy cranes, the 12 Polish firms are BAKS, Budimex, Doraco, Energoprojekt-Katowice, Hitachi Energy Poland, ILF, KB Pomorze, Mostostal Warzsawa, Polimex Mostostal, Protea Group, Vistal Gdynia, and Zarmen.

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