Pittsburgh, September 21, 2011 — Westinghouse Electric Co. won a $35 million contract to install replacement reactor vessel heads and to provide associated services for Axpo AG's Beznau nuclear power plant, a 730 MWe two-unit nuclear plant equipped with Westinghouse pressurized water reactors and located in Dottingen, Switzerland.
The installations are scheduled to occur during the plant's 2014 spring (Unit 1) and fall (Unit 2) outages. Preliminary work is under way.
In 2009, Westinghouse won the contract for delivery of the RV heads to Beznau Units 1 and 2. This new contract covers the RV head installation.
Under contract terms, Westinghouse will create a temporary opening in each unit's concrete and steel containment using plasma cutting. The old heads will be removed from the reactor vessels and transferred from containment into the on-site radioactive waste intermediate storage building. The new heads then will be installed. The removal and installation are slated for completion in fewer than 40 days per unit.
In addition to the RV head delivery and installation contracts, Axpo awarded Westinghouse two other major contracts recently: the Autanove contract for the provision of two new emergency power buildings with related emergency power systems and the NEXIS (New EXtended Information System) contract for installation of new plant computers, also scheduled to be completed during the 2014 extended outages at Beznau.