Westinghouse Electric Company signed an agreement with ČEZ to supply fuel assemblies at the Temelin Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). Westinghouse will deliver fuel assemblies beginning in 2024 to fully replace the current supplier with an anticipated term of 15 years. Since April 2019, six Westinghouse lead fuel assemblies have been in operation in Temelín Unit 1.
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Standing (L to R): Rostislav Staubr, ČEZ Manager Fuel Cycle Department; Ladislav Stepanek, ČEZ Director of the Fuel Cycle Department; Pavel Cyrani, Deputy Chairman of the ČEZ Board and Director of the Business and Strategy Division; Pavel Djugo, Westinghouse Customer Account Manager; Patrik Stellnert, Westinghouse Manager Legal Counsel. Seated (L to R): Bohdan Zronek, ČEZ member of the Board of Directors and Director of the Nuclear Energy Division; Michaela Chaloupkova, Member of the Board of Directors and Director of the Administration Division; Tarik Choho, President of Westinghouse EMEA Operating Plant Services (Photo: Business Wire)
The company will supply modified Robust Westinghouse Fuel Assemblies (RWFA), a new design that is compatible with non-Westinghouse fuel during the plant’s supplier transition. The RWFA design uses innovative materials that increase fuel economy and have demonstrated excellent performance and reliability in Ukrainian nuclear power plants.
"We have chosen the best offers with regard to both safety of delivery and price. Our goal is to minimise the fuel supply risks for any reason,” explains Bohdan Zronek, a member of the Board of Directors at ČEZ and Director of the Nuclear Energy Division.
"We applaud ČEZ Group’s decision to diversify its nuclear fuel supply. Westinghouse is the only company other than the original equipment manufacturer that has a proven fuel design for the VVER plants. We look forward to cooperating with ČEZ and building on our partnership providing fuel for Temelin and for Dukovany in the near future," said Tarik Choho, President, Westinghouse Fuel.
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