Westinghouse signed a key contract for new nuclear reactor AP1000 with Bulgaria’s Kozloduy NPP

Westinghouse Electric Company has announced the signing of a Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract with Bulgaria’s Kozloduy NPP-Newbuild. This contract marks the first step in the construction of a new AP1000® reactor at the Kozloduy site. The agreement entails evaluating the Bulgarian industry and existing infrastructure at the site to determine their suitability for supporting the AP1000 reactor’s construction.

The AP1000 reactor, renowned as the world’s most advanced Generation III+ reactor technology, is designed to provide clean and reliable baseload energy. It boasts fully passive safety systems, a modular construction design, and occupies the smallest footprint per MWe on the market.

Prior to this FEED contract, Westinghouse and Kozloduy NPP-Newbuild established a joint working group earlier this year. The group’s objective is to plan the deployment of the AP1000 reactor in Bulgaria by evaluating regulatory, licensing, and design requirements. They aim to develop an efficient execution path aligned with Bulgaria’s energy strategy.

Notably, Westinghouse had previously signed a 10-year agreement in December 2022 to supply nuclear fuel to one of the two existing Russian-designed VVER-1000 reactors at the Kozloduy site. This fuel supply agreement, scheduled to commence in 2024, offers a Western alternative to the Russian supply and will be sourced from Westinghouse’s fabrication site in Västerås, Sweden.

The AP1000 technology has demonstrated its success globally. While one AP1000 reactor is already operational and another nears completion at the Vogtle site in Georgia, the technology is setting operational performance records in China with four units and witnessing construction of six additional reactors. Moreover, Poland has recently selected the AP1000 technology for its nuclear energy program, and nine units have been announced for Ukraine. Additionally, the technology is being considered for implementation at various sites in Central and Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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