Westinghouse Electric Company this week signed a definitive agreement to acquire Laveer Engineering, a specialized nuclear engineering firm in Ontario, Canada. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approval, “will further expand Westinghouse’s CANDU capabilities, enabling the company to deploy its expertise to CANDU reactor operators worldwide,” the company said.
There are 30 CANDU reactors globally in operation in Canada, Argentina, China, India, Romania, and South Korea. The expanded services capacities provides Westinghouse a more robust platform for outage options throughout the many CANDU markets.
In addition, the U.S. company announced the acquisition of ABB’s AC160N control platform, which serves as the background technology for its U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)-approved Common Q safety systems platform. This acquisition marks a key investment into the company’s instrumentation and control (I&C) portfolio to broaden its support of nuclear utilities’ long-term operational strategies.
Developed specifically for Westinghouse, the AC160N technology is designed to operate in demanding nuclear environments to produce significant processing power in a small footprint. The acquisition preserves the licensing pedigree of Common Q for the more than 40 nuclear plants who currently utilize the technology and enhances plants’ security of supply for spare parts and software support services, the company said.
Common Q is currently installed in twelve U.S. operating plants and eighteen operating plants outside of the U.S., including the four AP1000® units in China and the APR1400 units in Korea and the UAE.
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