Westinghouse Electric Company has been selected by RWE and E.ON to manufacture and deliver nuclear fuel assemblies for the Gundremmingen and Emsland Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) in Germany. The contract includes two fuel deliveries for each NPP between 2016 and 2018, as well as two optional deliveries for each NPP in later years. Westinghouse will manufacture the fuel at its facility in Västerås, Sweden.
“The contract is a result of the excellent fuel performance of Westinghouse products and we are very pleased to receive RWE’s and E.ON’s confidence to deliver fuel to a customer with very high quality standards. The Westinghouse fuel designs provided to both reactors are operating at industry-leading performance levels,” says Johan Hallén, Westinghouse vice president and managing director, Northern Europe.
The Emsland NPP is a single pressurized water reactor (PWR) located near Lingen in Niedersachsen, Germany. The unit is operated by Kernkraftwerke Lippe-Ems GmbH, which is owned 87.5 percent by RWE and 12.5 percent by E.ON. The Gundremmingen NPP comprises two boiling water reactors (BWRs) and is located in Gundremmingen, Bavaria. The plant is operated by Kernkraftwerk Gundremmingen GmbH, which is owned 75 percent by RWE and 25 percent by E.ON.
Westinghouse is a single-source global nuclear fuel provider for PWRs, including Russian-designed VVER reactors, as well as BWRs and advanced gas-cooled reactors (AGRs). Currently Westinghouse is fueling 145 PWR and BWR plants, and has 10 nuclear fuel manufacturing locations around the world, including two sites in Europe: Springfields Fuels Limited in Preston, Lancashire, U.K. and Westinghouse Electric Sweden in Västerås.