Westinghouse wins contract for Bulgarian LLW repository

26 October 2011

A consortium made up of Spanish waste management company ENRESA, Westinghouse Electric Spain (WES) and Germany’s DBE Technology has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract for the design of a low and intermediate level waste repository at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant site in Bulgaria.

The customer for the work is SERAW, the Bulgarian State Enterprise with responsibility for the country's radioactive waste, under an agreement between SERAW and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Westinghouse Electric Spain led the bid, based on the company's experience on the "El Cabril" project (the Spanish low and intermediate level repository), which was designed by WES in the 1980s.

This project at Kozloduy represents the first opportunity for ENRESA and Westinghouse to take advantage of that unique technical and operational experience in a market outside Spain. This proven experience meant that our offer obtained the best technical and commercial score in the bidding process.

Westinghouse Vice-President for the Southern Europe region, Jose Emeterio Gutierrez said: "This success today comes at the end of a long and difficult road, where our in-depth experience in D&D and waste management helped us to overcome many obstacles.”

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