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Areva and EDF to support Polish nuclear supply chain

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French energy firms Areva and Electricite de France (EDF) organized the third joint-edition of Supplier Days in Poland to help support new-build nuclear projects in the country.

Besides senior Areva and EDF executives, over 50 companies specialized in manufacturing, construction and engineering services attended the event, which follows the success of two previous editions held in Gdansk and Warsaw, Poland.

The companies also signed four new memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Polish companies, Grupa Powen-Wafapomp, Elektrobudowa, Tele-Fonika Kable and Rafako during the event.

Areva chief commercial executive officer Tarik Choho said the event and MoU agreements will enable the companies to make the best possible offer for the construction and operation of nuclear reactors in Poland.

''Approximately 25 Polish companies are already working at the Olkiluoto 3 construction site in Finland, demonstrating first-hand their capabilities to become a significant part of the future reactor project work in Poland,'' Choho added.

EDF New Nuclear Engineering Division executive vice-president Dominique Lagarde said, ''The signing of these four new MoUs strengthens the link between EDF and the hundreds of Polish suppliers that EDF Polska already works with for its power generation plants, and demonstrates our willingness to share our skills and knowledge with partners over the longer term.''

Supplier Days demonstrates the companies' ambition to create an extended network of Polish suppliers for participation in future Polish nuclear projects, and their commitment to support the industrial and technical development of local companies.