Coal, Nuclear, Reactors

Westinghouse receives order from Exelon to upgrade turbine control systems at Byron and Braidwood

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 22, 2003 — Westinghouse will upgrade the turbine control systems of Exelon’s four nuclear reactor units at Byron and Braidwood nuclear power plants in Illinois.

The $10.3 million contract includes hardware and engineering for the base system, as well as numerous options for all four pressurized water reactor (PWR) units, including simulator upgrades, lab units, training, spare parts and architectural engineering services. The first installation is at Byron Unit 1 in March 2005. The last installation will be at Braidwood Unit 2 in October 2006.

Michele DeWitt, vice president of Westinghouse Repair, Replacement and Automation Services, said that the order is significant for two reasons: “It represents a platform decision to use Ovation® products for additional instrumentation and control (I&C) upgrades at the Byron and Braidwood plants. It also demonstrates confidence in our ability to deliver high-quality I&C products and services for their PWR units, as we have done in the past for their BWR units.”

As a distributed process control, information, and data management system, Ovation® offers powerful, flexible and open systems architecture and replaces proprietary distributed control system structures with widely available, off-the-shelf hardware, software, networking and communications components.

Westinghouse Electric Company, wholly owned by BNFL plc of the United Kingdom, is a nuclear power company and a supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world’s operating nuclear plants.