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Westinghouse is Awarded Watts Bar Units 2 Completion Contract

Westinghouse Electric Company has won a contract valued at approximately $200 million for scope in support of the completion of TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 2, which is located near Spring City, Tenn.

Westinghouse’s scope includes: upgrade and replacement of most I&C systems, supply of new reactor coolant pumps, steam generator services, crane replacement and upgrades, Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA), NSSS plant design engineering services, drive rods, licensing services and safety analysis. The TVA-planned project duration is 54 months with commercial operation of the unit scheduled for early 2012.

Watts Bar Unit 1
Watts Bar Unit 1 -- the last commercial nuclear unit in the United States to come on line in the 20th century -- began full commercial operation in 1996.

Watts Bar Unit 2, a Westinghouse Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR), was approximately 80-percent complete when the utility halted construction in 1985, citing a projected decrease in electricity demand. In 2007, TVA announced that it would complete Unit 2 and that Bechtel Power Corp. would lead the engineering, procurement and construction work. Westinghouse was invited to develop a proposal relative to our potential project scope.

“We are so pleased to be part of this important project, which is yet another positive for the nuclear industry,” said Ric Pérez, senior vice president, Westinghouse Nuclear Services.

Work will begin immediately on long lead and critical path items such as reactor coolant pumps, I&C safety systems, PRA and modifications to existing cranes to support site activities. When completed, Watts Bar Unit 2 will provide more than 1,200 megawatts of electricity - enough power to serve about 650,000 Tennessee Valley homes.

Westinghouse, a group company of Toshiba Corporation, is the world's pioneering nuclear power company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse technology today is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants.

TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider, supplying power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 8.7 million consumers in seven southeastern states.

January 18, 2008


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