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In Poland, for Poland, by Poland
June 29, 2012   
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General Electric’s presence in Poland
The General Electric Company, a parent of General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), has established deep roots in Poland. Now with more than 10,000 employees working in Poland, GE has been an active part of the Polish business landscape since 1992. Almost 1,200 of these General Electric Polish employees are engineers working in General Electric’s engineering design center in Warsaw.

The GEH commitment
GEH has pledged to help support Poland’s energy independence, security, and safety—critical elements for the country’s energy and economic future. GEH is not in Poland for a single project, but for the long term. GEH wishes to be a strategic partner in helping Poland to achieve its energy goals. GEH is going to bring state-of-the art technology, build a strong Polish supply chain, and help train the Polish nuclear work force of the future. That is GEH’s commitment to Poland.

Forging a strategic alliance
The GEH nuclear alliance is anchored by more than 40 years of nuclear partnership between General Electric and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, and the complementary capabilities of the alliance’s members provide confidence that the technology and know-how exist to construct the most advanced, operational reactors in the world today. The GEH collaboration brings together the best people, processes and tools to create unrivaled capabilities and service excellence.

Building strong resources in Poland
Focus on local Polish participation
Because more than 50 percent of the new nuclear construction project work is expected to be performed by companies and workers from Poland, with local employment likely to reach several thousand workers onsite, GEH continues to line up support in Poland for the upcoming nuclear project.

In addition to Flour Corporation, an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company with a local office in Gliwice, GEH has established teaming arrangements with a variety of local Polish companies, including education and training centers, manufacturers, shipyards, and administrative service centers.

Education & training
GEH has signed memoranda of understanding with several universities in Poland to collaborate in the training of a skilled nuclear engineering work force that will be needed to help develop, operate and maintain future nuclear facilities. These include AGH University of Science and Technology, Gdańsk University of Technology, West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin University, and Koszalin University of Technology. In addition, GEH donated GateCycle™ software licenses to AGH University of Science and Technology, Gdańsk University of Technology and Warsaw University of Technology to be used to teach engineering students advanced methods of plant modeling and troubleshooting to optimize plant performance.

In 2011, GEH hosted interns from several Polish universities at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Wilmington, N.C., and will host another group in 2012. The 10-week assignment exposes the students to many facets of GEH’s business including engineering, finance, regulatory affairs and information management. GEH hopes that not only will the Polish students continue to have a positive experience learning about the nuclear industry, but that these students will return to Poland and be the building blocks to the country’s nuclear work force.

Research, manufacturing & supply chain
GEH also signed memoranda of understanding with several Polish companies to pursue opportunities to collaborate on research projects and build nuclear components in support of the country’s first nuclear generating stations. These companies include the following:
- Energoprojekt-Warszawa, a Warsaw-based engineering firm
- National Center for Nuclear Research (NCBJ)
- Polimex-Mostostal, a construction and EPC company
- Stocznia Gdańsk, a leading Polish shipyard
- Rafako S.A., Europe’s leading boiler equipment manufacturer

GEH continues to work on expanding local and global supply chain capabilities in order to help Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. (PGE) successfully complete its first nuclear power plant project. The supply chain effort aims to provide the capability to deliver Polish components for this project and across the Baltic Rim into Finland and Sweden.

Offering Poland advanced technology solutions
PGE is considering several reactor designs for the country’s new nuclear project. GEH will offer to Poland one of its two world-leading technologies, the ESWBR or the ABWR. These technologies—evolutions of operational boiling water reactors—are the two safest options respectively, according to industry standards, available today. GEH offers timely, budget-friendly solutions with on-site construction durations of 40-45 months from first concrete pour to first fuel load, depending on the plant’s site location.

ESWBR Technology. GEH’s Generation III+ ESWBR offers enhanced safety and plant security, and lower construction and operating costs than previous generation reactors. It produces nearly zero greenhouse gas emissions and provides more than seven days of reactor cooling without AC electrical power or operator action.

ABWR Technology. The advanced Generation III ABWR design is the foundation of GEH’s nuclear reactor portfolio, providing a combined 20 reactor-years of operational experience. The ABWR generates nearly 1,500 MW of power, yet produces almost no greenhouse gas emissions during operation, while meeting the highest regulatory ratings. The ABWR is the only Generation III reactor in operation today.

GEH also offers a spent fuel solution to help close the fuel cycle, called the PRISM reactor. By using PRISM to recycle used nuclear fuel, it would generate additional electricity while decreasing the fuel’s long-term radioactivity.

In Poland. For Poland. By Poland. General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy is committed to Poland’s energy independence and future.

Daniel Roderick Senior Vice President, New Plant Projects GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
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