Nuclear Utility Representatives From European Union Attend Westinghouse Electric Company’s Stress Test Workshop
PITTSBURGH, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Nuclear utility representatives from 16 European Union (EU) countries attended Westinghouse Electric Company’s Stress Test Workshop in Brussels, Belgium. Westinghouse conducted the workshop to support utility customers as they formulate plans to implement an EU agreement to hold nuclear plant stress tests. The tests will assess the resistance of the EU’s 143 reactors to natural disasters, as well as to man-made failures and actions.
“The initiative to conduct stress tests on the EU fleet of operating nuclear reactors has driven stakeholders to multiple actions in preparation for these safety and risk assessments,” said Anders Jackson, Westinghouse president, Europe, Middle East and South Africa region. “Westinghouse is involved in the development of the tests and can bring its original equipment manufacturer experience on severe accident management, and its global design base to assist utilities in addressing them.”
Topics discussed at the workshop included the scope and approach of the European stress test; actions underway in the U.S. nuclear industry following the March 10, 2011, incident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan; products and services available to support utilities as they implement post-stress-test recommendations.
“Westinghouse is committed to keeping operating nuclear plants operating — safely and efficiently,” said Nick Liparulo, senior vice president, Nuclear Services. “This workshop and the healthy idea exchange that it generated, will serve our customers well as they conduct the stress testing that will further ensure delivery of safe, clean, reliable nuclear energy.”
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY: 6502), is the world’s pioneering nuclear energy company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world’s operating nuclear plants.
SOURCE Westinghouse Electric Company