Excellent opportunities for Czech companies to build an AP1000® factory


Suppliers, Embassy and Chamber of Commerce gathered for a two-day event

Posted: October 13, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. EDT|Update: 32 minutes ago

PRAGUE, October 13, 2021 / PRNewswire / – A landmark event in Prague brought together nearly 200 Czech business leaders for a two-day supplier symposium hosted by Westinghouse Electric Company and Bechtel Power Corp. Jennifer bachus, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States at Prague and Petr Závodský, CEO of the Dukovany II nuclear power plant. Together, they discussed the important opportunity to build AP1000 factories and the positive impact it will have on the community, the economy and the development of a supply chain.

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“Westinghouse has a proven track record of supporting the Czech Republic nuclear park, delivering the first control and monitoring systems for the Temelín power station, and recently signing an excellent contract with ÄŒEZ for the modernization of these systems, ”said Mike coon, vice president of energy systems at Westinghouse. “Our continuous work in the Czech Republic Along with the talented and diverse suppliers we have encountered here, this will bring in tens of billions of CZK in localized spending and provide thousands of jobs during construction and throughout the life of the plant. “

Executives from Westinghouse and Bechtel shared information on the design of the AP1000, the sourcing strategy and the successes of the AP1000 plants currently in service. The Westinghouse AP1000 plant, which offers the industry’s highest safety, operability and load-following capability, is considered the leading Generation III + technology. It is being assessed for deployment in a number of Czechia’s European neighbors, which may open up additional opportunities for the Czech nuclear industry.

“The Czech Republic has taken steps to reduce its use of coal while maintaining its energy security through the use of nuclear power, ”said Ahmet Tokpinar, COO of Bechtel’s nuclear business. “Bechtel and Westinghouse have hands-on experience in the design and construction of AP1000 plants, but we will absolutely need the Czech supply chain to help the country reach net zero by 2050. Sooner we can do being aware of the opportunities and what will be needed, the better. “

Westinghouse and Bechtel are currently completing the construction phase of two AP1000 units at the Vogtle site in Georgia, United States, the first unit to enter commercial operation in 2022.

About Westinghouse:
Westinghouse Electric Company is shaping the future of carbon-free energy by providing safe and innovative nuclear technologies to utilities around the world. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first commercial pressurized water reactor in 1957, and the company’s technology is the basis of nearly half of the world’s operating nuclear power plants. For more than 130 years, innovation has made Westinghouse the preferred partner for technologies spanning the entire nuclear energy lifecycle. For more information visit www.westinghousenuclear.com and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Bechtel:
Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner for industry and government. Differentiated by the quality of our employees and our relentless drive to achieve the best results, we align our capabilities with our clients’ goals to create lasting positive impact. Since 1898, we’ve helped clients complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries across seven continents that have created jobs, developed economies, improved the resilience of global infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources and vital services, and make the world a safer and cleaner place. Bechtel serves Energy; Infrastructure; Nuclear, Safety and Environment; and the mining and metals markets. Our services range from initial planning and investment to start-up and operation. www.bechtel.com

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