Westinghouse has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a South-African company preparing to start construction of new nuclear power plants in the country.
Having been involved in South Africa’s nuclear industry since the 1990s, licensing two reactors to the country’s two nuclear power stations, Westinghouse has started increasing its involvement since the 2007.
The Memorandum of Understanding with Sebata Group, a leading South African-owned and operated engineering, procurement and construction management company, has been signed in the presence of high-ranking South-African government officials.
The two companies want to develop an engineering-led organization, involved in a variety of disciplines, including safety, health, environment, risk and quality and authorised inspection agency services, manufacturing quality support and skills development and training in the nuclear industry sector.
“This important agreement with Sebata Group not only reaffirms our pledge to use local talent and resources, but our commitment to develop and support the South African nuclear industry,” said François Harari, Westinghouse vice president and managing director for France, Benelux and South Africa.
“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,” he said.
Previously, Westinghouse, a Toshiba-owned US headquartered nuclear energy pioneer, 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.