Poland-Canada Collaboration on Nuclear Energy
Pickering Ontario, October 18, 2016. A delegation of 18 people representing 11 Polish companies and government officials visited Canada in the week of September 25 to meet with leading companies in the Canadian nuclear industry as part of a trade mission arranged by the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries, in partnership with our Embassy in Poland. Poland’s Undersecretary of State, Mr. Andrzej Piotrowski and Dr. Jozef Sobolewski, Director of the Nuclear Energy Department, joined the mission and visited the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. Mr. Piotrowski and Dr. Sobolewski had productive meetings with Mr. Sandy Taylor, Executive Vice-President of SNC-Lavalin (Power), holder of the rights to the CANDU technology, and with Mr. Mark Zimny who emigrated from Poland and now owns a very successful nuclear equipment manufacturing company, Promation Nuclear.
The mission was called the “Nuclear Technology Linkage Mission” because of the linkages that were created among Polish and Canadian nuclear companies. The Canadian nuclear industry has gained an appreciation of the unique and leading edge capabilities that Polish industry has to offer. “Building connections between Polish companies and key companies in Canada’s nuclear supply chain will strengthen Canada’s nuclear industry, assist Poland in acquiring nuclear technology and developing its own nuclear industry and also help to forge partnerships to look for opportunities in other countries” said OCI President and CEO Dr. Ron Oberth.
Just prior to travelling to Canada, Undersecretary Piotrowski had a very productive meeting at the IAEA General Conference in Vienna with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Ms. Kim Rudd. Ms. Rudd noted the commitment to strengthen nuclear collaboration between Poland and Canada that could lead to the signing of a Canada-Poland Nuclear Cooperation Agreement.
The Trade Mission identified several important areas for mutually beneficial collaboration at both government and industrial levels:
Climate Change: Canada and Poland could share expertise in smart grid development, energy conservation, and electrification of the industrial and transportation sectors that support GHG emission reductions. Collaboration on recent developments in clean coal power production and carbon capture, sequestration and utilization could also be mutually beneficial.
Science and Technology: Poland and Canada could collaborate on nuclear science and technology development through our universities and national laboratories, including Canadian Nuclear Laboratories at Chalk River where Canada’s nuclear industry originated. Such collaborative R&D could extend to development of Small Modular Reactors (SMR’s) and advanced High Temperature Reactors (HTR’s). Canada could support Poland in setting up nuclear education and training programs as well as a science-based nuclear regulation.
Industry and Infrastructure: Canada could support Poland in developing a strong domestic nuclear industry by sharing our experience in developing a series of nuclear codes and standards to guide Polish companies in achieving the quality levels required by the nuclear industry. I understand that the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries has already provided guidance on how Poland can set up a similar nuclear supplier’s association to bring cohesion to Poland’s expanding nuclear supply chain.
CANDU technology: Canada could collaborate with Poland in exploring the benefits of introducing CANDU reactors to Poland’s generation mix. The CANDU reactors that have been exported to Argentina, South Korea, China and Romania continue to be among the world’s top performing nuclear plants and have a track record of on time and on budget construction. The 33 CANDU reactors in operation in seven countries for up to 45 years have robust safety features and have never had an incident that harmed the public. CANDU’s use of natural uranium fuel along with smaller reactor components would provide Poland with a high degree of energy independence as well as a high degree of local equipment supply in collaboration with Canadian CANDU equipment suppliers.
“Canada is very proud of our many citizens of Polish descent that have contributed to Canada’s industrial growth and to our nuclear industry in particular. This gives us a strong base on which to expand trade and cultural ties between our two countries” said OCI President Ron Oberth.
The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) is an association of more than 210 suppliers to the nuclear industry. OCI companies employ more than 12,000 nuclear specialists who design reactors, manufacture major equipment and components, and provide engineering services and support to CANDU nuclear power plants in Canada as well as to CANDU and Light Water Reactor (LWR) plants in offshore markets.
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