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Westinghouse will partner with Spain's Edesa in managing Tecnatom. Image courtesy Westinghouse Electric Company. US-based nuclear equipment manufacturer Westinghouse Electric Company is set to acquire 50% of Spanish engineering company Tecnatom after it signed a deal yesterday with owners Iberdrola and Naturgy.

Westinghouse said in a statement that the acquisition will advance the company’s strategy to expand its technical nuclear outage, engineering, and digital services capabilities globally.

The company said that after the deal is finalised, it will co-own and co-manage Tecnatom with Spainish utility Endesa through a joint venture.

Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-nuclear-company-to-acquire-50-of-spain-s-tecnatom-10-2-2021

US company Kairos Power has submitted the preliminary safety analysis report (PSAR) for its fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (KP-FHR) to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as part of its application for a construction permit for the Hermes low-power demonstration reactor, which is to be built in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kairos-submits-PSAR-for-Oak-Ridge-demonstration-re

Biden administration believes falling nuclear share in Europe is ‘alarm bell’ Ms Granholm said the US government wants to speed up work on the deployment of US-made AP1000 reactor technology in Poland. The US government wants to accelerate its support for a front-end engineering and design study for the deployment of US-made AP1000 reactor technology in Poland, US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm said.

In July, US-based Westinghouse Electric Company and Bechtel Corporation announced the start of the study, which will provide Poland’s Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ) – the company responsible for managing the country’s first nuclear power project – with layout plans for the location of a first nuclear power station, together with a licensing plan, project schedule and cost estimate.

The US Trade and Development Agency has released a grant to fund the study.

“US industry and government have come together at a critical juncture in the development of Poland’s nuclear energy programme,” Ms Granholm said during a press conference in Warsaw.

Date: Saturday, 25 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-wants-to-speed-up-westinghouse-ap1000-study-says-energy-secretary-granholm-9-5-2021

Courtesy Lukas Plewnia/Wikipedia. Westinghouse Electric Company has opened a global shared services centre in Krakow, where about 160 staff will work to support the company’s global operations and to provide Poland with “the best technology to support its climate change goals and secure the energy needs of its economy”.

The new centre was one of the projects agreed under a Polish-American intergovernmental agreement signed in October 2020. According to the Polish government, the agreement included areas of cooperation such as the regulatory framework, research, personnel training, development of supply chains, public awareness campaigning and cooperation on nuclear energy projects in Europe.

Westinghouse, which has already opened an office in Warsaw, is hoping to deploy its AP1000 nuclear power plant in Poland. There are four AP1000 plants in operation in China and two under construction at Vogtle in the US.

Date: Thursday, 16 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/westinghouse-opens-global-shared-services-centre-in-krakow-9-1-2021

Temelin-1 and -2 are among Europe’s newest reactor units The Temelin nuclear power station in the south of the Czech Republic has two Russia-designed VVER-1000 PWRs in commercial operation since the early 2000s. Image courtesy ČEZ. US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a contract with Czech nuclear operator ČEZ to upgrade the instrumentation and control (I&C) systems at the two-unit Temelin nuclear power station.

Westinghouse said in a statement that the contract will cover a project with a nine-year timeframe, but did not disclose the value of the contract.

The company said it will be the largest commercial agreement signed for I&C since the equipment was originally installed at Temelin in 2000 by Westinghouse.

Date: Thursday, 16 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/westinghouse-awarded-i-and-c-contract-at-czech-nuclear-station-9-3-2021

US-based Westinghouse Electric Company and Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom on 31 August signed an exclusive agreement to bring Westinghouse AP1000 reactors to multiple sites in Ukraine. The signing took place at the Department of Energy (DOE) Headquarters in Washington, DC, and was witnessed by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and the Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko.

Date: Friday, 03 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsukraine-agrees-to-construct-westinghouse-ap1000-reactors-9051424

There are four Westinghouse AP1000 Units in operation in China, including two at Haiyang (pictured). Courtesy SPIC. US-based Westinghouse Electric Company and Energoatom, the state-owned nuclear utility of Ukraine, have signed an exclusive agreement to bring Westinghouse AP1000 reactors to multiple sites in the eastern European country.

The signing of what Westinghouse said was an “historic” agreement took place at the US Department of Energy headquarters in Washington and was witnessed by Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky, US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm and Ukraine’s energy minister German Galushchenko.

Energoatom, operates Ukraine’s fleet of 15 commercial nuclear power plants, which in 2020 provided about 51% of the country’s electricity production share. Two Russia-supplied VVER-1000 PWRs units have been under construction at Khmelnitski-3 and -4 since the late 1980s, but progress has mostly stalled for years, because of financing and political issues.

Date: Thursday, 02 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/westinghouse-signs-agreement-to-deploy-ap1000-reactor-technology-at-multiple-sites-9-3-2021

US companies Bechtel and Westinghouse Electric Company on 15 July announced that they had formed a team to pursue new nuclear power plant projects in Poland. "Nuclear power holds great promise as a clean and reliable supply of energy for Poland," said Barbara Rusinko, president of Bechtel's Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit. "Poland is taking steps to transition to a clean energy economy while retaining its energy independence and security. The Westinghouse-Bechtel team offers proven technology and hands-on experience in nuclear project delivery and is ready to immediately support Poland's transformative vision."

Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-companies-eye-polish-npp-market-8910613

France’s EDF announced on 12 July that it had opened an office in Warsaw in order to prepare a comprehensive proposal for the Polish government concerning the construction of Poland's first NPP. Thierry Deschaux will be managing director of the office. Its main task is to support the process of preparing a comprehensive offer in the field of nuclear energy, adapted to the Polish market. The decision confirms EDF's long-term commitment to supporting Polish ambitions - the company emphasised.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsedf-opens-office-in-warsaw-8898308