PITTSBURGH – April 03, 2013 – Westinghouse Electric Company announced today that its subsidiary, PCI Energy Services, LLC (PCI), has signed a contract with Nucleoeléctrica Argentina S.A. (NA-SA) to provide engineering, specialty pipe cutting and welding services in support of the replacement steam generator program at Argentina’s Embalse Nuclear Power Plant. This work is part of the overall refurbishment program at Embalse to extend the plant’s life by up to an additional 30 years.
“NA-SA values the engagement and participation of PCI in the Embalse life extension project which will further enhance plant safety and operation for years to come,” said Rubén Semmoloni, NA-SA project director, Life Extension Embalse Nuclear Power Plant.
To fulfill this first large contract in Argentina, Westinghouse draws upon PCI’s extensive experience in the steam generator replacement market, and offers the utility critical metrology, specialty machining and advanced welding technologies and processes.
John Qualizza, president, PCI Energy Services said, “We appreciate our customer’s confidence in our people and technology, and look forward to the successful and timely completion of this work.”
Although the engineering scope of work for this CANDU-6 pressurized heavy water reactor plant is underway, the major site activities are expected to be executed during 2014.
“Westinghouse is delighted to bring its unmatched experience and world-class nuclear technology to Argentina to help ensure that Embalse Nuclear Power Plant continues to generate safe, reliable and clean electricity in Argentina for years to come,” said Carlos Leipner, Westinghouse vice president, Latin America.
PCI Energy Services LLC, wholly owned by Westinghouse Electric Company and headquartered in Lake Bluff, Ill., specializes in field welding and machining services. PCI also provides related services including laser metrology, tool design and manufacturing, and quality assurance/quality control. PCI serves industrial customers in the power, oil and gas, pulp and paper and petrochemical industries.
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502), 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. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants.