EDF Picks Westinghouse to Maintain Nuclear Digital Control System

 EDF Picks Westinghouse to Maintain Nuclear Digital Control System

Westinghouse Electric Co. will help to keep specialist nuclear equipment operational at the Sizewell B nuclear power plant in the UK.
Westinghouse signed a support contract with plant owner EDF Energy to maintain the high-integrity control system and primary protection system at the plant for approximately the next 45 years, or through the end of the plant’s operational life.
Westinghouse designed the Sizewell B plant and the pressurized water reactor. It was built in 1988 with a decommissioning date of 2035, though EDF hopes to operate it until 2055. Both the high-integrity control system and the primary protection system are Westinghouse Eagle Series 2 equipment based on 1980s digital technology.
As part of the contract, all individual parts and pieces of the equipment will be subject to component lifecycle reviews, and mitigation strategies will be developed for any obsolescence issues as they become known. Westinghouse is developing similar programs for other Eagle equipment customers.
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