Westinghouse Electric Company has won a contract from Eskom Holdings to provide three reloads of fuel for the Koeberg nuclear power plant beginning in late 2011 and ending in 2015. Under terms of the $30 million contract executed with Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB, Westinghouse will produce fuel at its fabrication facility in Vasteras, Sweden .
In commenting on the fuel contract, Dr. Rita Bowser, regional vice president, Westinghouse Electric South Africa, said: "We are pleased to be able continue to assist the Republic of South Africa in its ongoing and successful effort to generate the safe, clean and reliable electricity necessary to fuel continued economic growth. Furthermore, we believe this agreement further demonstrates our commitment to South Africa, and we look forward to additional mutually beneficial partnerships in the years to come."
Joe Scarfutti, vice president, European Fuel for Westinghouse, said the contract with Eskom is the most recent in a series of accomplishments for Westinghouse Sweden. Earlier this year, the company had received orders to provide fuel for five Swedish reactors beginning in 2011.
The Koeberg nuclear power plant is owned and operated by Eskom, South Africa's only national electricity supplier. Also the largest electricity supplier in Africa, Eskom generates, transports and distributes 95% of the electricity in South Africa. It has successfully operated two 965MWe nuclear reactors at the Koeberg site for 25 years.
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