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Fluor and Hitachi in Polish nuclear tie-up

16 Sep 11 Fluor Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding to partner with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) on nuclear new-build projects in Poland.

Fluor’s role will be as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner. Fluor has been in Poland since 1995 and has nearly 300 engineering and technical professionals there.

Poland's power utility Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) is scheduled to open the bidding process on 22 September. PGE is expected to complete appointments in mid-2013 and has targeted 2020 as the commercial date of operation for its first nuclear power plant.

"The Fluor and GEH consortium will provide PGE with world-class technology and a safe, efficient and reliable EPC delivery program," said president of Fluor's power group Dave Dunning. "For more than 60 years, Fluor has provided nuclear services to the industry including the design and construction support for 23 units, plus more than 90 million hours supporting operating nuclear units."

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"We believe that this consortium agreement between two global industry leaders provides a one-stop solution for nuclear new-build clients in Poland and perhaps other regional opportunities," said Chris Tye, senior vice president of Fluor's nuclear business line. "As a long-time global EPC leader, Fluor's Gliwice, Poland-based team has been successfully performing challenging projects for more than 65 years, which makes this consortium well positioned for the development of new nuclear units."

"Adding our five decades of nuclear energy experience with Fluor's engineering and construction acumen will enable us to provide a complete solution and a competitive bid to PGE," said Danny Roderick, senior vice president of new plant projects for GEH. "We are very excited about the prospect of collaborating with Fluor on the Poland new build and potentially additional programs in the future."

GE Hitachi had signed a memorandum of understanding with Warsaw-based engineering firm Energoprojekt Warszawato (EW) in July to discuss the feasibility of partnering on nuclear reactor projects.  

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