Westinghouse Signs Bohunice V1 Decommissioning Contract

Westinghouse Electric Company on Wednesday announced they have signed a contract with Jadrová a vyraďovacia spoločnosť (JAVYS) for the dismantling of the reactor coolant systems of two VVER-440 units at the Bohunice V1 Nuclear Power Plant in Slovakia. The project is financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Bohunice NPPThe scope of the contract covers the pre-dismantling decontamination, dismantling, and fragmentation of power reactor pressure vessels, power reactor internal components and other power reactor structures, systems and components of Bohunice V1. It also includes material and waste management in accordance with Slovak and European Union regulations.

“This contract represents an important opportunity for Westinghouse, in collaboration with local partners, to dismantle Bohunice’s reactor coolant systems,” Luc Van Hulle, president of Westinghouse’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region said in a statement.

Westinghouse senior vice president, Global Decommissioning, Decontamination, Remediation & Waste Management Yves Brachet called decommissioning "a critical growth area for the company." The contract form Bratislava, Slovakia, represents an opportunity for "demonstrating our value over the course of this project,” added Brachet, 

Westinghouse, which has long been associated with nuclear reactor construction, rather than decommissioning, is focusing on an opportunity presented by the aging global nuclear reactor fleet as part of a turnaround strategy after declaring bankruptcy on March 29 this year.

Construction of the Bohunice V1 reactors began in 1972, consisting of two VVER-440 V-230 Russian-designed reactors. They were connected to the grid in 1978 and 1979, respectively, and shut down in 2006 and 2008, respectively, pressed to cessation in an accession agreement that permitted Slovakia's entry into the European Union.  

The plant also consists of two V2 reactors that began operations in 1984 and 1985 -- also designed by Atomenergoproekt. Slovakia, meanwhile, began construction on the four-unit Mochovce nuclear power plant in 1982, which consists of two VVER-440 V-213 reactors, which began operations in 1998 and 1999. However, construction of the final two reactors for the Mochovce plant was halted in 1992 after six years of construction, and restarted in 2009. 

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