Eskom Selects Westinghouse to Fuel Koeberg NPP
PITTSBURGH, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Westinghouse Electric Company announced today that it has been selected by Eskom Holdings Limited in South Africa to provide three reloads of fuel for the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant north of Cape Town beginning in late 2011 and ending in 2015.
Under terms of the $30 million contract executed with Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB, Westinghouse will produce fuel at its fabrication facility in Vasteras, Sweden.
In commenting on the fuel contract, Dr. Rita Bowser, regional vice president, Westinghouse Electric South Africa, said: “We are pleased to be able continue to assist the Republic of South Africa in its ongoing and successful effort to generate the safe, clean and reliable electricity necessary to fuel continued economic growth. Furthermore, we believe this agreement further demonstrates our commitment to South Africa, and we look forward to additional mutually beneficial partnerships in the years to come.”
Joe Scarfutti, vice president, European Fuel for Westinghouse, said the contract with Eskom is the most recent in a series of accomplishments for Westinghouse Sweden. Earlier this year, the company had received orders to provide fuel for five Swedish reactors beginning in 2011.
“We believe the order reflects Eskom’s high confidence in the quality and reliability of Westinghouse fuel,” he said. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with Eskom on a daily, long-term basis.”
The Koeberg nuclear power plant is owned and operated by Eskom, South Africa’s only national electricity supplier. Also the largest electricity supplier in Africa, Eskom generates, transports and distributes 95 percent of the electricity in South Africa. It has successfully operated two 965MWe nuclear reactors at the Koeberg site for 25 years.
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502), is the world’s pioneering nuclear power company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first commercial PWR in 1957 in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for more than 40 percent of the world’s operating nuclear plants, including 60 percent of those in the United States and 100% in South Africa. Information about Westinghouse Electric Company and the AP1000(TM) nuclear power plant is available on the company’s web site at www.westinghousenuclear.com.
SOURCE Westinghouse Electric Company