Wins Major Contract to Supply Nuclear Fuel to EdF
PR Newswire, Pittsburgh, December 2, 2002
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SOURCE Westinghouse Electric Company
Westinghouse Electric Company has been awarded a
contract to provide nuclear fuel to Electricite de France (EdF) for
use in their nuclear power stations located throughout France. As a
major customer, EdF will have access to a full range of nuclear technology
available from Westinghouse.
The contract will give Westinghouse the opportunity
to provide up to
20 percent of EdF's total nuclear fuel requirements over several years
part of EdF's program to fulfill European Commission directives regarding
international competition within the French nuclear market.
Westinghouse, through the European Fuel Group,
will manufacture the fuel
assemblies at its existing facility in Vasteras, Sweden and at the ENUSA
in Juzbado, Spain. Most components will be manufactured at the Westinghouse
fuel fabrication facility in Columbia, S.C., with others originating
Westinghouse specialty metals plant in Blairsville, Pa., and from the
plant in Juzbado.
The Westinghouse Springfields facility near Preston,
U.K. will provide
conversion services. The associated field and operation services will
offered via existing BNFL-Westinghouse French infrastructures.
Steve Tritch, Westinghouse President and CEO, said:
"This contract is
significant for Westinghouse and the nuclear power industry. EdF is
largest and certainly one of the most respected nuclear generators in
world. We are delighted to be working with them on this program.
"Nuclear power is fast becoming one of the
world's most global and
competitive industries. Our entry into the French nuclear fuel market
strengthens the industry as it will drive every supplier, including
Westinghouse, to continually improve quality and efficiency which will
make nuclear power even more competitive across the world."
Mike Saunders, Westinghouse Senior Vice President
of Fuel, said: "We are
committed to assisting in further improving the competitiveness of nuclear
generation. The establishment of this long-term arrangement to deliver
advanced fuel products is a further step towards this goal."
The European Fuel Group is an alliance between
Westinghouse and ENUSA.
Westinghouse Electric Company, wholly owned by BNFL plc of the United
Kingdom, is the world's pioneering nuclear power Company and is a leading
supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout
the world. Today, approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear
plants are based on Westinghouse technology.