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Westinghouse Extending Capacity of Sweden's Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company

VÄSTERÅS, Sweden, April 22, 2015 - Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it has signed a contract with Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB (SKB), the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company to increase the capacity of the cooling system, also known as the cooling chain, at the Central Interim Storage Facility for Spent Nuclear Fuel (Clab) located outside Oskarshamn, on Sweden’s east coast. The extension of the Clab’s cooling chain is being undertaken in preparation to increase the capacity of the Clab from 8,000 to 11,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel.

Under the terms of the contract, executed between SKB and Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB, Westinghouse will design, procure, deliver and install the new cooling system, as well as decommission the existing system. Westinghouse partner Elajo AB, will manage the installation work. The project will take approximately three years to complete.

“This project confirms Westinghouse’s position in the spent fuel management market,” said Aziz Dag, Westinghouse vice president and managing director, Northern Europe. “Our previous work with Clab has proven good results. We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue providing SKB with our high technology products and services.”

Westinghouse has extensive and broad experience in all fields relevant to spent fuel storage and disposal management, including plant design, fuel design, fuel handling and waste management. Westinghouse also has the necessary capabilities to effectively cover all areas of spent nuclear fuel handling, nuclear waste treatment and conditioning, engineering, and project management. In September 2013, Westinghouse was awarded a contract from ENRESA (Empresa Nacional de Residuos Radiactivos), the Spanish agency responsible for radioactive waste management and nuclear plant decommissioning, to provide the main engineering services for the centralized high-level waste (HLW) and spent fuel interim storage facility (Almacén Temporal Centralizado, or ATC) in Spain.

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., 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.

Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) is working on one of Sweden's biggest environmental protection projects. Their assignment is to manage and dispose of all radioactive waste from Swedish nuclear power plants in such a way as to ensure maximum protection for people and the environment.

Elajo is one of Sweden’s leading companies for electrical, mechanical, engineering and energy installations, offering broad expertise and knowledgeable staff.
 
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