Nuclear, Reactors, Retrofits & Upgrades

Westinghouse and KKL sign agreement for Leibstadt instrumentation and control upgrades


MANNHEIM, Germany, May 2, 2002 — Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt AG and Westinghouse Electric Co. signed an agreement under which Westinghouse will be the exclusive supplier of instrumentation and control upgrades for KKL’s Leibstadt Nuclear Power Plant, a boiling water reactor (BWR) located in northern Switzerland along the Rhine river.

This selection of Westinghouse was made after an extensive evaluation of bids for its ANIS+ instrumentation and control upgrade project submitted a year ago. The KKL Board of Directors approved the decision in late March.

The initial phase of the ANIS+ project that Westinghouse will perform will include the replacement of the Leibstadt plant computer, scheduled to occur during the refueling outage in the third quarter of 2004. Also included in the $13 million initial phase will be simulator upgrades, installation of a plant data network and operator stations, and the preparation of overall standards for system design and architecture. Subsequent upgrades to the entire instrument and control system are anticipated over the next 10 to 15 years.

Michael P. Comiskey, vice president of Westinghouse Nuclear Automation, said the contract is significant in that it represents Westinghouse’s first major I&C upgrade project for GE BWRs outside of the United States.

“This contract reflects the strengths of the new Westinghouse, which obtained the capability to pursue this type of business following the acquisition of the former ABB nuclear businesses almost two years ago,” he said. “We believe that this project, in addition to other projects being performed by Westinghouse at Exelon BWRs in the United States and at the Atom BWRs in Scandinavia, helps to solidly establish us as the supplier of choice for BWR I&C upgrades.”

Westinghouse is wholly owned by BNFL. With headquarters near Pittsburgh, Westinghouse offers a wide range of nuclear plant products and services to utilities throughout the world, including fuel, spent fuel management, service and maintenance, instrumentation and control, and advanced nuclear plant designs.

Westinghouse supplied the world’s first commercial nuclear power plant in 1957 and has designed the world’s largest installed base of operating nuclear power plants. Currently, approximately one half of the world’s operating plants were supplied by either Westinghouse or its licensees.

BNFL is a specialist in nuclear technology and a global supplier of nuclear fuel, products and services. Currently, around a third of BNFL’s sales comes from the Westinghouse Electric business which manufactures fuel and services nuclear reactors around the world; a quarter comes from the recycling of UK and overseas customers’ fuel; a further quarter of sales comes from operating the UK’s Magnox power stations. The remainder of BNFL’s business is in waste management and decommissioning, which is expected to grow significantly in the years ahead.