Westinghouse Electric Company has entered into another strategic cooperation agreement in preparation for the potential construction of its AP1000 reactors Temelin 3&4 in the Czech Republic. This latest agreement is with construction/installation firm Hutní montáže a.s.

If Westinghouse is awarded the AP1000 project in the Czech Republic, in response to its competitive tender submitted to Czech utility ČEZ, Hutní montáže would be responsible for “a very significant portion of the total plant construction,” Westinghouse said in a statement.

Hutní montáže would perform “the vast majority of the mechanical installation and corresponding construction testing, including assembly and installation of the containment vessel (CV).” It could also provide heavy lifting cranes and rigging to offload, transport on-site and set components into the plant, including modules, the CV, and major nuclear steam supply system (NSSS) and balance of plant equipment.

The partnership follows a number of important Memoranda of Understandings between Westinghouse and major Czech companies, notably I&C Energo, Metrostav and Vítkovice, in an effort to establish a strong, diverse and high-quality local supply chain.

In addition to Westinghouse, AREVA, and the Czech-Russian consortium MIR.1200 have both submitted bids for the supply of the Temeín 3&4. The winning bidder is due to be announced in late 2013.