Poland has awarded a contract to build its first nuclear power plant to a US bid as the country seeks to burn less coal and increase its energy independence.
The Warsaw government has chosen Westinghouse for the nuclear project, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Friday evening in a Tweeter praising the “reliable and safe technology” of the American company.
“A strong alliance between Poland and the United States guarantees the success of our joint initiatives,” Morawiecki said.
Westinghouse reportedly beat France’s EDF and South Korea’s state-owned Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power for the contract.
Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller said on Saturday the administration would adopt a decision at a meeting on Wednesday that will kick off environmental and investment approval procedures, the Associated Press reported. Mueller said the nuclear power plant in northern Poland would require improving infrastructure in the region, including roads.