Westinghouse Electric Company, Toshiba Corporation and Metrostav have announced the signing of three highly significant Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with UJV Rez a.s., SKODA PRAHA Invest s.r.o. and KRALOVOPOLSKA RIA a.s.—all leading Czech-owned and operated engineering companies.

These MOUs come in preparation for the construction of Westinghouse AP1000® nuclear power plants at Temelín in the Czech Republic.

The MOU with Energoprojekt Praha (EGP), a division of ÚJV Řež, marks the first steps in the enhanced engagement between EGP and the Temelín AP1000 delivery team. The provisions of the MOU outline a number of areas where EGP could provide support on the Temelín expansion project, including assistance with local codes and standards, regulations and laws; support in the basic and detailed design of buildings; elaboration and preparation of documentation; and technical licensing assistance.

The MOU with KRÁLOVOPOLSKÁ RIA, signed during the visit of the Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Martin Kuba to the Westinghouse AP1000 site in S.C. (USA), also identifies a number of key areas the companies could cooperate on.

“As we move forward in the bidding process, Westinghouse and its growing number of partners are already taking concrete steps to prepare for the potential construction of AP1000 nuclear power plants at Temelín in the Czech Republic.” said Sandy Rupprecht, Westinghouse senior vice president, Nuclear Power Plant Business and Project Development. “Not only does bringing on board these key Czech engineering companies reaffirms our pledge to use local talent and resources, but also our commitment to provide ČEZ with the most advantageous proposal. To the greatest degree possible, these engineering partners will be integrated into the existing AP1000 projects, beginning the knowledge transfer process.”

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