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Poland, US make nuclear energy pledge at Three Seas summit in Estonia

19.10.2020 19:00
Poland and the United States on Monday signed an intergovernmental deal to work together in developing nuclear energy in Poland, officials announced.
Participants in the Three Seas Virtual Summit in Tallinn, Estonia on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.
Participants in the Three Seas Virtual Summit in Tallinn, Estonia on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.Photo: KPRP/Igor Smirnow

The deal was inked as Poland’s President Andrzej Duda attended a summit of Three Seas Initiative countries in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

During the summit, Poland’s Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski held talks with US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette.

The talks culminated in the signing of the high-profile bilateral agreement amid plans to develop a civil nuclear power industry in Poland.

Under the document, within 18 months, Poland and the United States are expected to come up with a joint report on the basis of which the Polish government will make a final choice of international partner to carry out a program to develop nuclear energy in the country, officials have said. 

The United States pledged to help Poland develop its civil nuclear power sector and 5G technology, under a joint statement signed by the presidents of the two countries in Washington in June.

After talks with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House, US leader Donald Trump told a press conference back then that the two countries were “working to conclude an agreement that would facilitate Poland’s development of nuclear energy plants.”

“They are going to be purchasing with one of our very big, very good companies technology to do civilian nuclear energy,” Trump said at the time.

And in a joint statement, Duda and Trump declared that their two countries were pleased to “partner on supplying Poland with U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas and to begin a new chapter of our energy cooperation by partnering to develop Poland’s civil nuclear power sector.”

Poland and the United States in June last year signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in civil nuclear energy.


Source: IAR, PAP, energetyka24.com