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Toshiba : Westinghouse to Play Key Role in Mexico’s Energy Future

07/07/2015 | 04:01pm US/Eastern

Electricity generated from nuclear energy can play an increasing role in providing the safe and clean baseload power that Mexico envisions for its future energy supply, according to a Westinghouse Electric Company executive in the region.

During the XXVI Annual Congress of the Nuclear Society of Mexico being held in Puerto Vallarta, Westinghouse Latin America Vice President Carlos Leipner said: “Mexico’s growing population and energy consumption point to the need for developing new power generation sources, as detailed in the country’s National Energy Strategy. Nuclear energy is well positioned to meet the need.”

Additionally Leipner said nuclear energy has the unique ability to meet Mexico’s energy requirements by producing reliable energy that generates economic growth and a high standard of living, while creating zero carbon emissions. This supports Mexico’s stated goal of achieving 35 percent clean power generation by the next decade.

Westinghouse and its majority owner, Toshiba Corporation, have a long history of supporting energy infrastructures. In Mexico, Westinghouse has assisted the Comisión Federal de Electricidad in numerous projects at the Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Station associated with achieving extended power uprate certification over the years. Westinghouse has also provided maintenance and analytical services to complete outages and maintain plant reliability. These services include chemical decontamination, refueling platform maintenance, motor and valve services, crane maintenance, acoustic evaluation and mitigation and other services. Westinghouse continues to provide engineering and field services to support equipment upgrades and overall plant reliability. Westinghouse is committed to providing ongoing technical support at the Laguna Verde 1&2 nuclear power station and also looks forward to working with stakeholders in Mexico to bring the company’s newest nuclear energy technologies to the country.

“Westinghouse, along with Toshiba, looks forward to continuing its support of Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Station,” said Todd Conner, Westinghouse vice president, Boiling Water Reactor Operating Plant Services. “We are demonstrating Westinghouse’s technical capabilities as we install additional modifications to further improve steam dryer performance for Unit 1. Unit 2 modifications have been completed and the unit is operating at extended power uprate conditions.”

Westinghouse’s collaboration with partners in Mexico will build on its long history of working with countries worldwide to advance their commercial nuclear energy programs, and provide a full range of services and fuel for their operating plants.

In addition to products and services for operating nuclear power plants, Westinghouse also offers the next-generation AP1000® nuclear power plant. The plant is based on an advanced Gen III+ technology with innovative passive safety systems, modular construction techniques and unparalleled licensing pedigree. Eight AP1000 units are currently under construction in the U.S. and China with more under development.

“The AP1000 plant is ideally suited for development in Mexico,” said Leipner. “Its advanced passive safety systems, strong licensing pedigree and modular construction techniques provide delivery certainty to Mexico and will offer multiple decades of clean-energy production for consumers.”

Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502), is the world's pioneering nuclear energy company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa., U.S. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants. AP1000 is a trademark of Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All rights reserved.


© Business Wire 2015
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