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Westinghouse signs Bohunice V1 dismantling contract

Westinghouse signs Bohunice V1 dismantling contract

Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a contract with Jadrov¨˘ a vyraďovacia spoločnosť (JAVYS) for the dismantling of the reactor coolant systems of two VVER-440 units at the Bohunice V1 nuclear power plant in Slovakia. The project is financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Inside the reactor hall at Bohunice V1 (Image: JAVYS)

The contract, announced yesterday, covers the pre-dismantling decontamination, dismantling, and fragmentation of power reactor pressure vessels, power reactor internal components and other power reactor structures, systems and components of Bohunice V1. It also includes material and waste management in accordance with Slovak and European Union regulations.

Luc Van Hulle, president of Westinghouse's Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, said the contract represents an important opportunity for Westinghouse, in collaboration with local partners, to dismantle Bohunice's reactor coolant systems.

Yves Brachet, Westinghouse senior vice president for Global Decommissioning, Decontamination, Remediation & Waste Management, added: "Decommissioning is a critical growth area for the company and we look forward to demonstrating our value over the course of this project."

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