NuScale Power, Getka Group and UNIMOT S.A. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The aim is to explore the deployment of NuScale’s small modular reactor (SMR) technology as a coal repurposing solution for existing coal-fired power plants in Poland. Getka is an Oklahoma-based integrated energy company providing construction, and delivery of petroleum, refined products, and alternative energy. Through its Zero Impact Strategy, Getka is focused on reducing emissions output through renewable energy. UNIMOT is a Poland-based multi-energy Capital Group that offers its wholesale and retail customers fuel products, gas and electricity, including renewable energy.
Under the MOU, NuScale will support Getka and UNIMOT’s examination of NuScale’s SMR technology as a coal repowering/repurposing solution for existing coal-fuelled power plants and more broadly for new nuclear plant implementation in Poland. The examination will include an analysis of technical, economic, legal, regulatory, financial, and organisational factors.
“This project aligns with our commitment to decarbonise and diversify Poland’s energy infrastructure,” said Dariusz Cichocki, chairman and CEO of Getka Group. “Through our ongoing partnership with UNIMOT, we are pleased to partner with NuScale to bring innovative solutions to market in Central Europe.”
“Our role will be promoting SMR technology as a reliable alternative for coal technologies, and acquiring business partners in the Polish market. Ultimately, we also intend to create a platform of collaboration with Polish academic centres and potential Polish component suppliers to develop this technology in our country” said Adam Sikorski, president of the management board of UNIMOT S.A.
In August 2020, NuScale’s SMR became the first, and only, to receive design approval from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and in July of 2021, the Commission published the proposed rule that would certify the NuScale design.