Candu Energy, an AtkinsRéalis company, has signed a framework agreement with Orlen-Synthos Green Energy, and a teaming agreement of OSGE, AtkinsRéalis, Aecon, and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) to support the planned deployment of a fleet of GEH’s BWRX-300 small modular reactors in Poland. OSGE is a joint venture of ORLEN, the largest multi-energy company in Central Europe, and Synthos Green Energy.

“We are positioning ourselves as the partner of choice for utilities worldwide on deploying nuclear power technology,” commented Ian L. Edwards, president and CEO, AtkinsRéalis. “As Poland undertakes a visionary modernisation of its power grid, moving away from coal and toward nuclear power via both large and small reactors, [we are delighted] to offer our expertise to provide Poland with clean, reliable, and safe electricity for generations.”  

A future mandate with OSGE would see AtkinsRéalis’ Nuclear market provide front end engineering and consulting services as technical advisor to build a road map to deploy the BWRX-300 SMRs at six different proposed sites in Poland. BWRX-300 SMR deployment in Poland will leverage an international and local supply chain backed up by nuclear expertise from Canada to deliver a project with ‘the highest standards in safety and quality’.

As the original equipment manufacturer of the higher-output Candu reactors, AtkinsRéalis believes that it possesses extensive nuclear new build expertise for SMRs too. In Canada, the company is architect engineer on the G7’s first grid-scale SMR at Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington site, scheduled to come online by 2029. AtkinsRéalis is providing project management, licensing, engineering, design, procurement, commissioning, and supporting construction management, and is also working with GEH to complete the standard plant design for the BWRX-300 SMR technology.

Joe St. Julian, president of Nuclear, AtkinsRéalis: “With global electricity demand tripling by 2050, we see there being a market for 1000 new nuclear reactors. Alongside large reactors, SMRs will make up a portion of those new builds to provide the quantum of extra power needed.”