Westinghouse to supply reactor to Czech Republic

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Westinghouse Electric Co. and its construction partner Bechtel, an engineering, construction and project management partner to industries and governments, recently signed a cooperation agreement with the Czech Power Industry Alliance (CPIA).

The agreement supports the companies’ proposal to deploy AP1000 reactors in country.

Under the agreement, a new working group will facilitate participation of Czech companies in the deployment of up to four AP1000 reactors at Dukovany and Temelin nuclear power plants.

“Our AP1000 projects benefit greatly from robust localization of critical manufacturing and services work,” David Durham, Westinghouse energy systems president, said. “I expect that at least 70 percent of the work for this major project will go to Czech companies. We are grateful for the partnership with CPIA, one that will pay dividends to the Czech Republic for generations.”

The AP1000 is the only operating Generation III+ reactor with fully passive safety systems. It features the smallest footprint per megawatts electric on the market and modular construction design.

The CPIA is a collection of the Czech Republic’s largest nuclear energy technology companies.

Companies in Poland, Bulgaria and Ukraine have selected AP1000 technology, and it is under consideration in Central and Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom, and North America.