GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Poland’s shipyard operator Stocznia Gdansk and boiler maker Rafako to pursue opportunities for constructing nuclear components for GEH.

The agreement comes as the state-owned Polish utility PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna eyes to construct the nation’s first two nuclear generating stations.

The company said that the utility is evaluating several reactor technologies for the plants, including two GEH reactor designs that consist of the 1,350MWe ABWR and the 1,520MWe ESBWR.

Poland plans to build its new reactors to help reduce the country’s dependence on coal-based technologies and overall national emissions levels as Poland and other European Union members seek to reduce their emissions by at least 20% below 1990 levels by 2020.

Rafako board vice president Krzysztof Burek said that the company considers nuclear energy a substantial part of future power generation in Poland.