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Poland / GEH And Synthos Begin Discussions With Regulator For Potential SMR

By David Dalton
29 October 2020

Companies say they are preparing to move forward with regulatory process
GEH And Synthos Begin Discussions With Regulator For Potential SMR
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy announced that Synthos Green Energy, a member of Poland-based Synthos Group, has begun discussions with Poland’s National Atomic Energy Agency (PAA) about a potential BWRX-300 small modular reactor project.

Under Polish legislation, before applying for a permit to construct a nuclear facility, a party such as Synthos may ask the PAA to issue a general opinion about the organisational and technical solutions to be applied in the construction and operation of a potential facility in Poland.

Synthos, part of the largest private industrial group in Poland, intends to request a general opinion and has submitted to PAA a document describing technical attributes of the BWRX-300.

Synthos president Rafał Kasprów said this is a first step and “we are prepared to move forward with the regulatory process together with the PAA.”

Michał Sołowow, owner of Synthos, is a former rally driver and one of the richest men in Poland. He said using SMRs to generate energy will improve the country’s chances of moving away from polluting coal and have a positive impact on industry.

Synthos and GEH recently signed a cooperation agreement that is focused on development and deployment of the BWRX-300. In addition to GEH, Exelon Generation, Fortum and CMS Legal in Warsaw are supporting Synthos in this process.

GEH and Synthos announced in October 2019 an agreement to collaborate on potential deployment applications for the BWRX-300 in Poland. Synthos, a manufacturer of synthetic rubber and one of the biggest producers of chemical raw materials in Poland, is interested in obtaining affordable, on-demand, carbon-free electricity from a dependable, dedicated source.

The BWRX-300 is a 300-MW water-cooled, natural circulation SMR with passive safety systems. It leverages the design and licensing basis of GEH’s US NRC-certified ESBWR (Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor).

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