SEOUL: South Korea’s Industry Minister Lee Chang Yang has called for deeper bilateral cooperation in the nuclear power generation field with Poland, as Seoul seeks to participate in the European nation’s new reactor construction project, his office said Friday.
Poland is working on a comprehensive energy blueprint that involves building six nuclear reactors by around 2043, and South Korea’s Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co in April submitted a proposal to win the deal worth over US$40 billion, reported Yonhap news agency.
During a meeting with Poland’s Climate Minister Anna Moskwa in Warsaw on Thursday, Lee explained Seoul’s advanced nuclear power technologies and safety and voiced hope for stronger industry ties through the project, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.
The two sides agreed to enhance exchanges and cooperation in nuclear energy, hydrogen, e-mobility and other energy fields by signing a memorandum of understanding.
They also vowed to hold a joint energy committee meeting between their governments on a regular basis for detailed discussions, it added.
Lee also met with deputy speaker of the Polish parliament, Ryszard Terlecki, and asked for parliamentary support for and attention to South Korea’s bid to take part in the nuclear project.
If South Korea wins the contract, it will be the country’s first full nuclear plant project since 2008, when it signed a nuclear power deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the Barakah reactors construction project.
South Korea’s new Yoon Suk Yeol government has been actively pushing to revive its nuclear energy industry, reversing the former government’s nuclear phase-out policy.-Bernama