France's EDF offers to build 4-6 EPR nuclear reactors for Poland

WARSAW (Reuters) - EDF has submitted an offer to build four to six of its EPR nuclear reactors in Poland, the French energy company said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: The company logo of Electricite de France (EDF) is seen on the facade of EDF's headquarters in Paris, France, July 22, 2021. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Poland generates most of its electricity from coal and was the only European Union member nation not to commit to climate neutrality by 2050 when the bloc set the target in 2019.

But under rising pressure from the EU and with carbon emission costs surging, Warsaw is encouraging more investment in low emission sources.

Poland plans to have its first big nuclear reactor operating in 2033.

EDF said its non-binding preliminary offer provides a total capacity of 6.6 to 9.9 gigawatts of power and includes plant configuration, the industrial scheme, development of the local supply chain, cost estimate and schedule.

“This EPR-based nuclear programme would bring numerous benefits to the Polish economy, contributing to the country’s energy independence, providing electricity for at least 60 years and satisfying up to 40% of Poland’s current electricity demand,” it said.

Some of Poland’s biggest companies have also expressed interest in nuclear energy.

Top refiner PKN Orlen and KGHM, one of the worlds biggest copper and silver producers, have said they will invest in small modular reactors (SMR).

In February EDF CEO Jean-Bernard Levy said the company would have its offer to develop a Polish nuclear power plant ready within 12 months.

The Polish government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reporting by Anna Koper; editing by Jason Neely