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Westinghouse Signs Agreement for Local Nuclear Fuel Development in South Africa

CAPE Town, March 12, 2013 – Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation Ltd (Necsa) to investigate and cooperate in the development of local fabrication capabilities for fuel assembly components.

This most recent agreement with Necsa is a demonstration of Westinghouse’s commitment towards localization of nuclear technologies to South Africa. By using Necsa’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, this MOU will lead to closer cooperation towards fuel component manufacturing as well as nuclear fuel technology support in the future. Westinghouse remains committed to play an active role in the electricity generation in South Africa, building on its localization efforts through a network of industrial partners.

The industrial growth forecast in South Africa is backed by an ambitious government plan where the need for sustainable energy will become vitally important. Westinghouse firmly believes in the huge potential growth of South Africa’s energy business towards a more balanced portfolio of clean sources of renewable and nuclear energy. 

Westinghouse started fuel deliveries to Eskom’s Koeberg Nuclear Power Station Unit 1 at the beginning of 2000. Under the present fuel contract with Westinghouse, three nuclear fuel reloads are being delivered, with the last one to be delivered in mid-2014. Westinghouse Fuel Engineering is also currently working with Eskom toward extending and updating the contract for software services, including technology licensing and associated computer hardware.

“By signing this MOU with Necsa, we are showing our commitment to provide nuclear technologies and engineering support to the South African nuclear industry” said François Harari, Westinghouse vice president and managing director for France, Benelux and South Africa. “We are proud of our proven Westinghouse technology and our global capabilities to deliver safe, reliable and clean base-load nuclear power.”

“Necsa welcomes this partnership for local nuclear fuel development with Westinghouse and we are excited by the localization benefits that will come with this agreement,” said Phumzile Tshelane, Necsa CEO.

Westinghouse has been active in South Africa's nuclear industry, mainly through support to the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, since the 1990s and is at the origin of the nuclear fleet technology in South Africa--its two reactors are Westinghouse-licensed. Westinghouse’s main localization drive started in 2007 when it acquired IST Nuclear (Pty) Ltd, now operating as Westinghouse Electric South Africa (Pty) Ltd. From our offices in Cape Town and Centurion, Westinghouse supports Eskom’s Koeberg facilities, the local nuclear industry, and projects in China, U.K., France, Germany, and the U.S.

Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel is a single-source fuel provider for Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs), Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) and Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGRs) worldwide. Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel has ten manufacturing locations around the world, including two manufacturing sites in Europe: Springfields Fuels Limited (Preston, Lancashire, U.K.) and Westinghouse Electric Sweden (Västerås, Sweden). Westinghouse is currently fueling 153 PWR/BWR plants worldwide.

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., U.S. 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 South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has had a nuclear manufacturing capability since 1962 and an ASME VIII U-stamp for over 20 years. In June 2011, Necsa became the first fabrication facility in South Africa to receive ASME III (NTP, NS and NA) certification and has recently added ISO 3834 (Part 2) certification to its quality credentials thus becoming South Africa’s first nuclear-certified manufacturing facility.

The manufacturing capabilities of Necsa were established in 1962 to serve the then nuclear fuel cycle program. The facility also manufactured fuel elements for the SAFARI-1 research reactor in Pretoria and the two power reactors at Koeberg power station.

Today, Necsa is at the hub of South Africa’s nuclear energy research program and is the leading manufacturer in the world of medical and industrial isotopes for radiography. Necsa boasts a facility that specializes in the manufacture of high-quality pressure vessels, heat exchangers, tanks and piping systems – and the facility is the only certified nuclear manufacturer in Africa.

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