Westinghouse Adds Local Steel Agreements As Reason It Should Build Czech Reactors

Westinghouse has sweetened the pot in its bid to build two AP1000 reactors in the Czech Republic, announcing agreements this week that would source the majority of steel for the project from Czech suppliers.

Westinghouse, Areva and a Rosatom-led consortium submitted bids to CEZ to expand the Temelin plant, although the utility later dismissed Areva for violating bidding rules. The proportion of local spending for the $10.4 billion to $15.6 billion project has featured prominently in the companies' efforts to win the contract. Atomstroyexport has signed its own memoranda of understanding with local companies, promising "maximum involvement of Czech and Slovak companies as the suppliers of the equipment and services for the construction of these units," according to the company. It also counts Skoda JS among its consortium partners – a Czech nuclear engineering firm purchased by another Russian company in 2004.

Westinghouse has also done its best to court Czech industry, and its MOUs announced Tuesday added Modrany Power and Excon Steel to its vendors of choice for raw steel production and fabricated products. The Toshiba subsidiary hosted a steel-industry event this week and announced it would source 80,000 metric tons of steel from Czech companies. Westinghouse also cited agreements for steel production reached last year with Metrostav and Vitkovice.

“Following our supply chain management process to ensure the highest quality, safety and competitive cost, we can then shortly expect many more announcements of Czech company participation in the potential Temelin AP1000 project and across Europe,” Westinghouse CEO Danny Roderick said in a release.

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