Poland wants China in its backyard

Poland wants China in its backyard

The Chinese energy giant China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) is in talks to build Poland’s first nuclear power plant, the company declared at the end of July.

A Polish delegation headed by Andrzej Piotrowski, the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Energy, visited the headquarters in Shenzhen (Guangdong Province).

Mr. Piotrowski met with his Chinese counterpart, Li Fanrong, in Beijing and the two countries signed a memorandum for cooperation in the field of civil nuclear.

According to a statement published on the CGN website, the Polish delegation visited the Daya Bay nuclear power plant and the Hualong One reactor project.

The Polish government plans to build two nuclear power plants with a total capacity of 6 GW. Other countries, such as France (Areva and EDF), the USA (Westinghouse) and Canada (SNC-Lavalin Nuclear) are also competing on this project.


These discussions marked the increasing interest of the State enterprise for the European market and followed its project in Great Britain.

Last September, CGN signed an agreement worth 18 billion pounds (20.15 billion euros) for the Hinkley Point C power plant with the French company EDF and the British government. The project was welcomed as a gateway to promote Chinese nuclear technology.

“The United Kingdom has very high standards for nuclear power, particularly with regard to its safety. If Hualong One is able to integrate into the UK market, it means that China’s nuclear technology is very close to that of developed countries, “said Zhao Chengkun, the former director of the National Nuclear Safety Administration of China (NNSA).

About Andrzej Piotrowski

He was born on October 4, 1956 in Warsaw.

In 1981 he graduated from the Faculty of Electronics at the Warsaw University of Technology. He was a lecturer at the Institute of Telecommunications of the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology at the Warsaw University of Technology.

Since 1997, he served as the director of strategy for the eGospodarka Institute at the Adam Smith Center for market mechanisms and strategies for the telecommunications industry.

In 2007 he was deputy minister of economy. During this time, he was involved in, among others, the issue of EU funds for the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2007-2013.

He was the CEO of Exatel SA, advised telecom regulator and telecom operators in shaping strategies. As the Vice President of the Mazovian ICT Cluster, he was one of the initiators of the joint venture with the Ukrainian Space Agency.

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