Westinghouse, Toshiba, Metrostav sign MOU, step closer to Temelin nuclear build

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Westinghouse Electric Co., Toshiba Corp. and Metrostav announced the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Czech engineering companies ÚJV Řež a.s., Å KODA PRAHA Invest s.r.o. and KRÁLOVOPOLSKÁ RIA a.s.

These MOUs come in preparation for the construction of Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plants at Temelín in the Czech Republic, and constitute a major part of the engineering work to meet national and local requirements. According to Westinghouse, the agreements  will result in substantial earnings for Czech companies and employment for hundreds of Czech engineers if the AP1000 design is selected for Temelín.

The MOU with Energoprojekt Praha (EGP), a division of ÚJV Řež, marks the first steps in the enhanced engagement between EGP and the Temelín AP1000 delivery team. The provisions of the MOU outline a number of areas where EGP could provide support on the Temelín expansion project, including assistance with local codes and standards, regulations and laws; support in the basic and detailed design of buildings; elaboration and preparation of documentation; and technical licensing assistance. A team of engineers from EGP visited Westinghouse’s Cranberry Township, Pa. headquarters last week to begin working on key design matters related to the AP1000 project.

The multi-party MOU ŠKODA PRAHA Invest (SPI) defines a number of key areas of cooperation, including during construction and start-up testing and commissioning support, augmenting the staff of the site engineering team in responding to ČEZ requests for information, assessing emergent issues, participating in on-site tests and providing plant commissioning support. SPI would also support in-country supply management activities.

The MOU with KRÁLOVOPOLSKÁ RIA, signed during the visit of the Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Martin Kuba to the Westinghouse AP1000 site in South Carolina, identifies a number of key areas the companies could cooperate on, including but not restricted to, assistance with the reconciliation and modification of design criteria documents and basic design as necessary to comply with the Czech legislation; assessment of emergent issues and reconciling issues raised during construction and start-up testing; and administration of tests and test documentation verification, collection, and records management.

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