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Westinghouse Electric Co. won a $172 million contract to build an emergency power supply facility for a Swiss nuclear power plant.

The Beznau power plant in Dottingen, Switzerland, is owned by to Axpo AG. Under the contract, Westinghouse will provide project management, engineering, procurement and construction of two buildings and four diesel generator sets with sub-systems to provide emergency power to Beznau Units 1 and 2.

The new emergency power supply is needed to replace the plant’s current hydroelectric supply, which is slated to be dismantled in 2015. Before that project can be started a new emergency power supply must be in place.

Work is already underway on the project and it is scheduled to be completed in spring 2014 for Beznau Unit 1 and in fall 2014 for Beznau Unit 2. 

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