Westinghouse deal paves way for new South African nuclear plants

Westinghouse Electric Company has announced that it has signed a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sebata Group, a leading South African-owned and operated engineering, procurement and construction management company, in preparation for the potential construction of Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power plants in South Africa.

The agreement was signed in the presence of high-ranking government officials from both South Africa and Belgium during a Belgian Economic Mission to South Africa.
AP1000 reactor

The MOU signed on Wednesday marks the start of Westinghouse’s collaboration with the Sebata Group aimed at development of an engineering-led organization, involved in a variety of disciplines, including safety, health, environment, risk and quality (SHERQ) and authorized inspection agency services, manufacturing quality support and skills development and training in the nuclear industry sector.

Franàƒ§ois Harari, Westinghouse vice president and managing director for France, Benelux and South Africa said the agreement emphasised the company’s commitment to local talent and resources.

“Westinghouse and Sebata Group will utilize their complementary skills in upcoming projects to further develop the expertise required for an eventual nuclear build project in South Africa. Supplier development is critical to Westinghouse and that’s why we think globally but act locally.”

Only just recently, Westinghouse signed an agreement with South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) to investigate and cooperate in the development of local fabrication capabilities for fuel assembly components.

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