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WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC COMPANY ANNOUNCES NEXT STEP IN FUEL
PRODUCTION FOR THE WESTINGHOUSE SMALL MODULAR REACTOR
Westinghouse Fuel Fabrication Facility in Columbia, S.C.,
initiates fabrication of small modular reactor prototype fuel
assemblies for testing
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 12, 2013 - Westinghouse Electric Company today
announced the next step in the production of fuel for the
Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor (SMR). The Westinghouse
engineering design team in the fuel fabrication facility in
Columbia, S. C., has initiated fabrication of the Westinghouse
SMR prototype fuel assemblies for testing.
The Westinghouse SMR fuel design began in 2011 and is based on
the proven Robust Fuel Assembly (RFA) technology used in the
fuel for the four Westinghouse AP1000® nuclear power plant units
currently under construction in China, as well as the four
AP1000 units being built in Georgia and South Carolina, the
first new nuclear power plants to be built in the U.S. in over a
generation. Additionally, the RFA technology has been used
successfully in more than 50 reactors over the last 15 years.
Over 18,000 RFAs have been delivered to customers around the
To ensure the successful operation of the SMR fuel design,
planned hydraulic testing will include full-scale test
assemblies and will simulate SMR reactor operation to confirm
acceptable performance of the fuel design and support input to
the SMR Design Certification submittal to the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (NRC). Production of test assemblies will
allow evaluation of the manufacturing capability for SMR fuel
and identify areas for improvement. Technical reviews of the
overall design and the hydraulic testing plan already have been
performed as part of this development process, and manufacturing
of the components for the test assemblies currently is underway.
Fuel manufactured at the Westinghouse fuel fabrication facility
in Columbia, S.C., is used in approximately half of the U.S.
nuclear plants and provides approximately 10 percent of all U.S.
The Westinghouse SMR team, including the NexStart SMR Alliance,
a consortium of current and prospective nuclear plant owners and
operators; cooperative, municipal and investor-owned electric
service providers; and other public and private enterprises,
will work collaboratively to execute a proposed project having
an objective of receiving from the NRC design certification of
the Westinghouse SMR, and then a combined construction and
operating license for a Westinghouse SMR at Ameren Missouri’s
Callaway Energy Center.
The Westinghouse SMR is a 225 MWe integral pressurized water
reactor with all primary components located inside of the
reactor vessel. It is the company’s next product innovation
utilizing passive safety systems and proven components, as well
as modular construction techniques - all realized and already
licensed in the nuclear industry-leading AP1000 nuclear power
plant design. The AP1000 reactor is the first and only
Generation III+ reactor to receive Design Certification from the
NRC and currently is being built in China and the U.S.
Westinghouse believes that by building upon the concepts and
advances in technology achieved in the Westinghouse AP1000
reactor, the Westinghouse SMR design will provide licensing,
construction and operational certainty that no other SMR
supplier can match with competitive economics.
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba
Corporation (TKY:6502), is the world’s pioneering nuclear energy
company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and
technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse
supplied the world’s first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in
Shippingport, Pa. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis
for approximately one-half of the world’s operating nuclear
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