U.S. nuclear power innovator Westinghouse Electric is keeping busy in Sweden, announcing a new contract for the delivery of new CR99+ control rods to the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant for Units 1 and 2. The contract was signed by Forsmarks Kraftgrupp AB and involves rod assemblies made at the Westinghouse manufacturing facility in Vasteras, Sweden.
In addition, the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) has signed a contract with Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB for expansion of its Central Interim Storage Facility for spent nuclear fuel. The contract calls for increasing the facility’s capacity from 8,000 tons to 11,000 tons.
That project is expected to take three years to complete. Westinghouse Electric Sweden will be design, deliver and install the new cooling system and will decommission the system now in use, media reports indicate.
The storage facility is outside of Oskarshamn, Sweden, in the southeastern portion of the country. The site is also home to the three-reacor Oskarshamn Nuclear Power Plant, which generates 10 percent of the country’s annual electricity supply.
“This project confirms Westinghouse’s position in the spent fuel management market,” says Aziz Dag, vice president and managing director of the company’s Northern Europe operations.
The fuel rod contract encompasses delivery of the control rod design CR 99+ for boiling water reactors (BWRs). CR 99+ is the latest evolutionary design based on the safety philosophy of Westinghouse, which incorporates redundancy in features and secures integrity of the CR 99+ through a long life in operation. The increased amount of absorber material in CR 99+ provides additional control rod service lifetime. Over the years, Westinghouse has delivered approximately 1,000 control rods to the Forsmark NPP, including the latest in control rod design.
“Our belief is that this control rod design contract will serve as a good reference for future orders,” Dag said.
Forsmark Units 1 and 2 are BWRs designed and built by ASEA-ATOM, which was acquired by Westinghouse in 2000.
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation, 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.
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