Westinghouse Electric Company today announced its commitment to source a majority of its steel needs through Czech companies as part of its ongoing localization efforts in preparation for the potential construction of Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plants in the Czech Republic and regionally.
To illustrate this commitment, Westinghouse and Toshiba Corporation signed Memoranda of Understandings (MOUs) with Excon Steel a.s. and MODRANY Power a.s. which will cover both the raw production and fabricated steel products utilized in the AP1000 nuclear power plants.
Westinghouse organized a Czech AP1000 steel event in cooperation with Toshiba, Metrostav a.s., the Czech Machinery Cluster and the Czech Steel Federation and Constructional Steelwork Associations on January 29.
Speaking at the event, in the presence of numerous Czech steel company representatives, Danny Roderick, Westinghouse president and CEO, announced that after evaluation of the capabilities, quality and cost, “Westinghouse, Toshiba and our Czech partners are committed to sourcing a significant portion of all steel requirements for the Temelin AP1000s through Czech firms. There are several countries from which we could source these substantial steel requirements but we believe the Czech steel industry is highly competitive and are partners for the long-term.”
Westinghouse will source (supply and fabrication) nearly 80,000 Metric tons of steel through Czech companies for its two planned AP1000 plants at Temelín if selected. The amount of steel to be sourced in the Czech Republic is the equivalent of three Eiffel Towers.
A majority of the raw production and fabricated steel products utilized in the AP1000 will be sourced through Westinghouse’s Czech partners Metrostav and Vítkovice a.s. Westinghouse already has a number of long-standing agreements with these firms since the beginning of 2012. These two well-respected Czech construction firms would be responsible for procuring the structural building steel, reinforcing steel bar (rebar), as well as the steel needed for AP1000 structural and mechanical modules.
In placing this commitment to Czech firms, Westinghouse will work closely with the industry to qualify companies which will be contracted to manufacture high grade steel components to meet stringent nuclear requirements. This effort will bring additional competitive capabilities to these firms in worldwide markets. MODRANY Power could potentially provide a majority of the Temelín AP1000 piping needs, which will require the firm to be qualified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). With the necessary ASME qualification, MODRANY Power will then be able to compete in more specialized markets outside the Czech Republic.
Westinghouse has decided that Czech steel capabilities put them in a position to be the supplier of choice for other AP1000 opportunities in the European region. Westinghouse has undertaken sector analysis and several facility reviews over the past months both in the Czech Republic and around Europe. The conclusion of centering its AP1000 steel production in the Czech Republic will result in thousands of jobs through the following decade and place Czech steel producers and manufacturers in a leadership position in Europe. “Following our supply chain management process to ensure the highest quality, safety and competitive cost, we can then shortly expect many more announcements of Czech company participation in the potential Temelín AP1000 project and across Europe,” Roderick said.
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., USA. 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.
Toshiba Corporation is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators and elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 550 consolidated companies, with 202,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.1 trillion yen (US$74 billion).
Excon Steel represents an ideal combination of construction and manufacturing capacities intended for construction and manufacture of equipment for the chemical and petrochemical industry, special and heavy steel constructions as well as equipment for ecological projects. Over the course of more than 130 years of existence, our company has collected extensive know-how in all areas of our activities and also great knowledge of project management and construction of whole facilities.
MODRANY Power, is a traditional Czech engineering company with one hundred years of history, which deals with the production and provision of services in the area of piping systems for the energy industry, the chemical and petrochemical industries and many others. Within the Czech energy market the company is a leading supplier of piping for high pressure and temperature operating units and the sole piping systems supplier for primary circuits in nuclear power plants. Customers are offered the supply of comprehensive systems ranging from design, through production up to installation and commissioning, as well as independent individual activities. The company has supplied connecting piping to more than 330 power generating units in 30 countries during its history.