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Monday, August 27, 2012

Westinghouse study for seventh plant at Kozloduy, Bulgaria

Below is a press release from Westinghouse.


Westinghouse Awarded Contract to Provide Feasibility Study for Hybrid Reactor Unit at Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant

BRUSSELS, August 27, 2012 -- Westinghouse Electric Company today announces that it has received a contract from the Kozloduy NPP – New Build PLC of Bulgaria to perform a feasibility study on a potential seventh unit at the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant. The required study will encompass a review of two potential designs: a reactor of VVER design utilizing equipment already purchased by the customer together with Westinghouse instrumentation and control (I&C) systems, fuel and a Toshiba Corporation turbine generator, and the construction and operation of a pressurized water reactor (PWR) 1000-1200 MW design.

Westinghouse will perform this study with Kozloduy NPP – New Build PLC calling upon its experience at Kozloduy and other VVER units. The scope of the feasibility study includes an evaluation of the site, radioactive waste and spent fuel management, reuse of existing infrastructures and facilities, licensing, local economic aspects, and the profitability of the two reactor designs. The Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant has an excellent operational and safety record, which provides a strong basis to host an additional reactor at the site.

“Westinghouse is pleased to have been chosen in this competitive selection of nuclear vendors,” said Yves Brachet, president, Westinghouse, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We look forward to assessing the potential to bring our advanced and proven I&C and fuel products for VVER reactor designs at the site. Our 20 years experience with the operating units at Kozloduy and our continued presence on site to provide world-class assistance places us in a unique position to provide the customer with a solution to complete a VVER-designed plant.”

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., USA. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants, including more than 50 percent of those in Europe.



The Kozloduy site in Bulgaria does indeed have six nuclear power plants on site now, but Units 1 through 4 are VVER-440 units which are permanently shut down and in the process of decommissioning. Units 5 and 6 are VVER-1000 type and are operational. This seventh unit would combine equipment already fabricated for another site (which has been cancelled) and new equipment from Westinghouse and Toshiba to essentially comprise what Westinghouse has referred to above as a "hybrid" plant. The I&C equipment at the VVER-1000 plants at Kozloduy wsa provided by Westinghouse.

7:20 AM Eastern 8/27/2012

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