October 24, 2008

Toshiba-Westinghouse to Renew Stator Coils at EDF Nuclear Power Plants

A Toshiba-Westinghouse consortium has been awarded a 10-year contract worth over E100 million by EDF for the renewal of stator coils in the generators of more than 10 nuclear power plants in France.

The contract was given to the Toshiba-Westinghouse consortium as part of the French utility's program to retrofit the key components of its 58 commissioned nuclear power plants in France.

Following initial pre-installation arrangements, manufacture of stator windings will begin in spring 2009 at Toshiba's Keihin product operations in Yokohama, the Japanese production hub of Toshiba's power generation equipment business.

It is expected that three or four rewinding operations will be conducted for 900MW and 1300MW generators every year, starting in 2010. Toshiba's Japanese technical experts will provide EDF with technical support for operation of the updated systems.

Yves Brachet, regional vice president of Westinghouse France, said: "This contract clearly demonstrates the synergy and high level of co-operation realized by Westinghouse and Toshiba. We are confident that Toshiba's leading-edge prowess in the manufacture of key components, combined with Westinghouse's increasing presence in the provision of engineering support and services in France, will allow us to make a positive contribution."