Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette has signed an agreement with the Polish government to help them in the development of Poland’s civil Nuclear Energy Program. It’s a 30-year agreement, first of its kind, and it “represents an enduring energy bond between the United States and Poland,” the Department of Energy Report said.
The agreement settles a floor of cooperation for the next 18 months between the United States and Poland. They will work together in the design for the implementation of Poland’s nuclear energy program, from the implementations to the financial details.
The agreement will be the basis of a long-term arrangement and the American government’s involvement in Poland’s program.
President Trump said: “We are committed to securing your access to alternate sources of energy, so Poland and its neighbors are never again held hostage to a single supplier of energy.”
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Not only about nuclear energy
Beyond these 18 months, the agreement settles long-term cooperation between governments. It will also involve regulatory, research, training, and the development of supply chains to join cooperation with other projects in Europe.
Secretary Brouillette said that the U.S. has a commitment to provide the region with clean, reliable, and resilient nuclear energy. The agreement is a means to strengthen energy security in the region.
“The Trump Administration believes the key to energy security is energy diversity – a diversity of fuels, sources, and routes. Nuclear will provide a clean and reliable supply of electricity to the people of Poland. Also, it will enhance their energy diversity and security”, Brouillette said.
Poland’s Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, on his side, underlined that “this agreement is not only about clean energy and its security of supply, but for strategic cooperation in a wider context. It is about geopolitical security, long-term economic growth, technological advancement, and development of a new industrial sector in Poland”.
The agreement is historic, and it was signed by both parts yesterday, as the DOE reports, and it will come into effect upon the exchange of diplomatic notes and the informing of both parts of the completion of requirements.