American nuclear power company Westinghouse Electric and Bulgaria’s Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant signed a VVER-1000 nuclear fuel licensing contract, a major step forward in the country’s energy supply diversification.
“We are pleased that Kozloduy has once again demonstrated their confidence in Westinghouse’s nuclear fuel performance, an important factor allowing for the safe operation of nuclear reactors,” said Tarik Choho, Westinghouse President, EMEA Operating Plant Services. “As part of Bulgaria’s energy security and diversification strategy, our global capabilities allow us to offer innovative technologies and the highest level of service, for the entire life cycle of the operating fleet.”
The licensing process of Westinghouse fuel is a key safety pre-condition for nuclear fuel delivery. Upon the contract completion, the document developed will be submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Agency for obtaining a permit (licensing) for operating an alternative type of fuel assemblies.
Westinghouse VVER-1000 fuel is in operation in six nuclear reactors in Ukraine and has an ongoing licensing process in the Czech Republic at the Temelin VVER-1000 plant. This latest generation of VVER-1000 fuel assemblies offers superior fuel economics and outstanding performance, meeting higher safety and quality standards.