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Agreement heralds significant move away from Russian supplies ČEZ chief executive officer Daniel Beneš (left) and Westinghouse chief executive officer and president Patrick Fragman at the signing of the contract. US -based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a contract with Czech utility ČEZ for the supply of nuclear fuel for VVER-440 pressurised water reactor units (PWR) at the Dukovany nuclear power station.

Westinghouse said in a statement that fuel deliveries are expected to begin in 2024 while the contract is anticipated to be valid for seven years.

The contract will replace supplies by Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer Tvel, a subsidiary of state-owned nuclear group Rosatom.

ČEZ said in a separate statement that Dukovany has stored nuclear fuel to cover about three years of operation. The station is obliged to maintain these reserves even after signing the new fuel contract, the statement said.

Daniel Beneš, chief executive officer of ČEZ, said the signing of the new “western supplier” contract for Dukovany means “a further significant strengthening of energy security” for the company and the Czech Republic.

Date: Saturday, 01 April 2023
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Energoatom steps up efforts to reduce reliance on Russia Petro Kotin said work is under way to certify a fuel component facility in Ukraine. Courtesy Energoatom. Ukraine is preparing to begin local production of nuclear fuel for the needs of its reactor fleet in cooperation with US-based Westinghouse Electric Company, according to the head of state nuclear company Energoatom.

Petro Kotin said during a visit to a facility in Ukraine preparing to produce nuclear fuel components that Ukraine could have its own nuclear fuel production line as early as 2026.

Kotin said the fuel technology to be used will be provided by Westinghouse, which currently supplies fuel for most of Ukraine’s VVER-1000 pressurised water reactor units.

According to Kotin, work is under way to receive certification for Ukraine’s fuel component facility to be part of the supply chain of Westinghouse’s Vasteras nuclear fuel plant in Sweden by providing parts for fuel assembly manufacturing.

Production will include sub-components such as expansion shanks and cartridge heads for the final assembly of fuel elements in Sweden.

Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has received approval from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to use its Advanced Doped Pellet Technology (ADOPT) fuel pellets in US pressurised water reactors (PWRs). The approval came after both NRC and the Advanced Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) verified that ADOPT fuel significantly enhances the safety and reliability of PWRs.

Date: Friday, 17 March 2023
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bulgaria’s Kozloduy NPP - Newbuild on the potential deployment of one or more AP1000 reactors at the site. The agreement establishes a joint working group to initiate planning for the Generation III+ nuclear technology. The working group will also evaluate regulatory, licensing and design bases to ensure full compliance with applicable regulations.

Date: Wednesday, 08 March 2023
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has completed manufacture of a 3.7-metre-long heat pipe that will be used to support the Nuclear Test Reactor (NTR) Westinghouse aims to operate by 2026.

Date: Saturday, 04 March 2023
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The 12-foot (3.7 metre) long heat pipe manufactured by Westinghouse Electric Company in a project supported by the US Department of Energy's Advanced Reactor Demonstration Project (ARDP) is one of the largest of its kind made and will be used to support a test reactor the company aims to operate in 2026.

Date: Tuesday, 28 February 2023
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Czech power company CEZ says it will bring forward negotiations with companies taking part in the tender for construction of a new unit at Dukovany NPP. Clarification discussions will begin immediately instead of in April as previously planned. Companies taking part include France's EDF, South Korea's Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP), and US-based Westinghouse Electric Company, according to CEZ board member Tomas Pleskac.

Date: Friday, 24 February 2023
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State-owned Polish utility Polskie Elektrownie Nuclearowe (PEJ) has signed an agreement with US-based Westinghouse Electric Company to begin work that will lead to preparation of the project to build Poland’s first NPP. The contract covers front-end engineering, early procurement work and programme development.

Date: Friday, 24 February 2023
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Companies aim to offer western-made alternative to existing Russian supplies The Czech Republic operates four VVER-440 plants at the Dukovany nuclear station. Courtesy CEZ. US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has formalised an agreement, first announced in September 2022, to expand cooperation with Spain’s nuclear fuel company Enusa on the manufacturing of nuclear fuel for Russia-made VVER-440 pressurised water reactor designs.

Westinghouse already manufactures VVER-1000 fuel at its facility in Västerås, Sweden, but has been looking to restart its production capabilities for the smaller VVER-440 units.

The company used to supply VVER-440 fuel for Finland’s two-unit Loviisa nuclear power station, but ceased production in 2009. In 2014, it began examining the option of restarting VVER-440 production to potentially supply customers which operate the technology in central and eastern Europe.

Nuclear fuel manufacturer Enusa has been part of a consortium with other European partners from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, and Ukraine, which in 2018 developed a conceptual VVER-440 fuel design with Westinghouse.

The agreement, which entered into force on 1 December, establishes that, exclusively, Westinghouse and Enusa will collaborate in the manufacture of VVER-440 fuel for the countries that currently operate this type of reactor.

Date: Friday, 20 January 2023
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Spain's Enusa says it and Westinghouse Electric Company have formalised their cooperation agreement for the manufacture of VVER-440 fuel.

Date: Thursday, 19 January 2023
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