On September 20-22 this year. The Ministry of Climate and Environment of the Republic of Poland, together with the Canadian Embassy in Warsaw and the Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI), organized a business forum for the nuclear industry, the main goal of which was to establish and deepen cooperation between companies from both countries in the field of nuclear energy.
The event was attended by nearly 90 representatives of the Polish and Canadian nuclear industries - mainly from enterprises themselves, chambers of commerce (Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries, Canadian Nuclear Association, and on the Polish side - Chamber of Commerce for Energy and Environmental Protection) and government administration.
The agenda of the event was additionally enriched by bilateral business sessions; During nearly 50 such meetings, individual Polish and Canadian enterprises established direct trade contacts for the possible implementation of projects in this sector in both countries and on the markets of third countries.
The event was attended by Canada's regional economic partners from the Baltic States, which are also planning or considering the construction of nuclear power plants (mainly from Estonia; using SMR technology).
On the third day of the event, Canadian guests were presented to selected Polish companies that have very interesting experiences in the implementation of nuclear export projects or those that can easily enter the supply chains of this industry: Rockfin, Crist and Energomonta?-P?noc Gdynia (currently within the structures of the Baltic Industrial Group) .
The event is part of the current nuclear cooperation with Canada - in 2016, the Department of Nuclear Energy of the then Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Poland organized a profiled-nuclear industrial mission in Canada with the participation of 15 Polish companies. In addition, several cases of direct deliveries to Canadian nuclear power plants made by Polish companies have already been identified: for example, the Famet factories in Opole performed complex mechanical and thermal treatments of the turbine body, and the General Electric factories in Wroc?aw produced a generator stator (both projects for the Darlington power plant: works in 2018- 2019). Canada's SNC Lavalin also engaged several Polish partners for its own engineering work at the Lithuanian Visagina nuclear power plant (both before and after its closure - during the demolition phase).
Canada is an important player in the nuclear sector - on its territory it currently has 19 working CANDU heavy-water reactors with a total capacity of 13.5 GWe located in 5 power plants, which covers over 16% of domestic demand. Another 19 reactors - in the Canadian CANDU technology - are in operation in Argentina, Romania, China, India and South Korea. and Pakistan. Canadian Bruce Power is currently the plant with the largest installed capacity among nuclear plants in the world (over 6.5 GWe) and in 2020 a reactor in another Canadian power plant - Darlington - set a world record - 1,116 days of uninterrupted power generation. The country also has 7 research and development reactors and is an important supplier of uranium and medical radioisotopes to global markets.
Currently - in Canada - research and development works are carried out on new generations of reactors (e.g. micro or small modular reactors); the first commercial SMR in the country (and possibly the world) will be launched after 2030.