Ljubljana, December 11, 2013 -- Westinghouse Electric Company today hosted a supplier summit in Ljubljana for local companies in preparation for the potential construction of an AP1000® nuclear power plant in Slovenia.
The summit was organized in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy, Slovenian-American Chamber of Commerce and Institute Jozef Stefan, one of Slovenia’s leading nuclear learning centers. Over 40 representatives from companies across the country participated in the summit. The event was structured so that Westinghouse would get a better understanding of Slovenian companies’ capabilities, having personal meetings with representatives from the companies, elaborating on the opportunities and challenges with supplying products and services to the AP1000 plant. This was done through a series of panel sessions and discussions.
The event was opened by the U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia, Joseph Mussomeli and the director general of the Energy Directorate within the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, Danijel Levičar. Westinghouse presented its views on nuclear new build opportunities and supply chain strategy in Slovenia, including the process to qualify suppliers. Following the event, Westinghouse provided an opportunity for further discussions with those companies that matched their supply chain needs.
The construction of an AP1000 reactor represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Slovenia to invest in the latest technologies and adopt the highest and most competitive standards for their industry. As the AP1000 pressurized water reactor (PWR) is the most advanced nuclear plant design in the world, significant engineering, construction and manufacturing expertise will be transferred to Slovenian companies, providing substantial opportunities in future nuclear plant projects throughout the world.
Westinghouse has been steadily providing the Krško Nuclear Power Plant with myriad products and services ever since the Westinghouse-designed pressurized water reactor entered commercial operation at the beginning of 1983. The relationship was further strengthened in 2002 with a long-term nuclear fuel contract and in 2007 with a service agreement to provide services, turnkey projects, equipment and material and spare parts. Recently in 2012, Westinghouse was awarded a contract to provide a passive containment dry-filter method (DFM) venting system and a passive autocatalytic recombiner hydrogen-control system at the plant. The two systems enhance safety in the area of severe accident management.
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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.