Westinghouse Electric Company said Monday it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Czech company I & C Energo in preparation for the potential construction of Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plants in the Czech Republic.
“Westinghouse and I&C Energo have a relationship that goes back over a decade to the work we did together on the reactors that are already operating at Temelín,” said Anders Jackson, Westinghouse president for its Europe, Middle East, and Africa region (EMEA), in a press release. “We know the company well, and I am pleased we are looking to work together on the next generation of Temelín reactors.”
The provisions of the agreement cover exclusive cooperation with I & C Energo related to the Instrumentation and Control (I&C) systems for the new reactors, together with the associated testing and startup services.
The MOU agreement is part of Westinghouse’s activities to develop and subsequently deliver a valuable proposal to Czech state-controlled power group ČEZ for the construction of the AP1000 nuclear power plant at a nuclear power plant in South Bohemia. It was signed in Prague by Kerry Hanahan for Westinghouse and Jan Šafránek and Jiří Holinka for I & C Energo.
“Working with Czech companies such as I&C Energo is a key part of our ‘We Buy Where We Build’ approach to the AP1000 supply chain. Westinghouse seeks to work with local companies as far as possible, and I am sure that this MOU is the first of many which we will sign with Czech companies as our work in the country progresses,” Jackson said.
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation, is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world.
I & C Energo, an established Czech engineering-supply company, provides contracted maintenance services and supplies for capital projects including design, erection and commissioning of I&C and electric systems. The company is part of the MOL Group, headquartered in Hungary.
All eyes on Temelín
Westinghouse completed the construction of the first two units at ČEZ-operated Temelín, which went online in 2002 and 2003, and is among three competitors to expand the nuclear reactor complex there. It has proposed its AP1000 model pressurized water reactor (PWR).
The winner of the estimated Kč 200 billion Temelín contract should be announced in 2013 with output from the two new Temelín reactors possible from 2021. Apart from US-based Westinghouse, the international companies competing for the deal are France’s Areva and a consortium of Russia’s Atomstroyexport and Czech nuclear industry supplier Škoda JS.
Areva’s EPR model has a capacity of 1,650 MW, compared with Westinghouse’s AP1000’s 1,150 MW and the 1,158 MW offered by the MIR-1200 from the Atomstroyexport consortium.