Westinghouse has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South-African EPC company Sebata Group in preparation for the potential construction of AP1000 nuclear power plants in the country.
Under the MoU, the companies intend to set up an engineering-led organisation, involved in a variety of disciplines, including safety, health, environment, risk and quality and authorised inspection agency services, manufacturing quality support and skills development and training in the nuclear industry.
The AP1000 pressurised water reactor (PWR), based on the performance of Westinghouse-designed PWRs, is an advanced 1,154MWe nuclear power plant and is the only third generation reactor to receive design certification from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Westinghouse claims.
Westinghouse's latest agreement with Sebata Group follows another agreement between the company and Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) to help develop fuel assembly components.
Westinghouse vice-president and managing director for France, Benelux and South Africa Francois Harari said that the agreement reaffirms the company's pledge to use local content and its commitment to develop and support the South African nuclear industry.
"Westinghouse and Sebata Group will utilise their complementary skills in upcoming projects to further develop the expertise required for an eventual nuclear build project in South Africa. Supplier development is critical to Westinghouse and that's why we think globally but act locally," added Harari.
The company, which has been involved in the country since the 1990s by providing two reactors to Koeberg nuclear station and established a local base by acquiring IST Nuclear (now operating as Westinghouse Electric South Africa) in 2007, has begun increasing its involvement in the country's nuclear industry.
Image: Westinghouse is likely to deploy AP1000 nuclear reactors in South Africa. Photo: courtesy of Westinghouse Electric.