An increase in its customer base has seen Westinghouse inaugurate the extension of its European Maintenance Center in Nivelles, Belgium.

It will enable the company to cope with the demands of a customer clientele which includes Electricité de France (EDF), as well as Spanish energy giants Endesa and Iberdrola.

Westinghouse’s communications chief told PEi that the nuclear power business will continue to grow, ‘as the arguments have not changed.’

François Harari (Westinghouse), Steve Ira (Westinghouse), Nick Liparulo (Westinghouse), Pierre Huart (Major of Nivelles), Yves Brachet (Westinghouse) and Pierre Boucher (President, Intercommunale du Brabant Wallon)
The expansion will provide an additional 1,000 square meters of maintenance and storage space to support the Centre’s growing nuclear power plant service capacities. This investment of more than EUR8m will contribute to the creation of up to 30 new engineering, technician and operator jobs in Nivelles.

At the Centre’s inauguration ceremony, Westinghouse vice president and managing director, France, Benelux and South Africa François Harari said, “This facility will allow Westinghouse to increase its capacities to provide state-of-the-art maintenance and services to our nuclear power plant customers across Europe.”

The European Service Centre provides design and maintenance for nuclear power plant large components and equipment. It has two fully licensed Class 2 nuclear facilities, including the 2,000-square-meter European Pump and Motor Maintenance and Repair Centre.

Westinghouse Communications Manager (EMEA) Hans Korteweg told Power Engineering International of the rude health of the sector.

“Although countries like Germany and Belgium have decided to phase out their nuclear power plants, there are a growing number of European countries going forward with nuclear power. The arguments have not changed. Countries are still considering and/or moving forward with nuclear power for reasons of competitiveness, security of supply and diversification and climate change.”

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