Westinghouse Selected for Contract Extension to Fuel UK Advanced Gas Cooled Reactors

Categories: Nuclear Fuel

Springfields, United Kingdom – June 28, 2023 --Westinghouse Electric Company announced today that it has signed an agreement with EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited (NGL) to supply fuel to Advanced Gas Cooled Reactors (AGR) from its Springfields fuel fabrication facility.

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Sophie Lemaire, Westinghouse SVP EMEA & Asia PWR FUEL, David Eaves, Westinghouse EHS&Q Director & Chief Technical Officer, Mark Hartley, EDF Managing Director – Generation, David Tomblin, EDF Finance Director – Generation.

The contract extension enables NGL to continue delivering clean, secure power generation from its four operational AGR nuclear power stations at Heysham (Units 1 & 2), Torness, and Hartlepool through to the end of plant life. One of the world's most advanced nuclear fuel manufacturing facilities, Westinghouse Springfields is the UK’s only commercial fuel fabrication facility, utilizing advanced manufacturing to produce fuel that provides more than a quarter of the low-carbon electricity generated in the UK.

“It has never been more important that the UK has a secure, affordable supply of low carbon electricity. EDF is working hard to make sure the AGR fleet continues to be an important part of that supply for as long as possible and signing this agreement with Westinghouse is a key part of that work,” said Mark Hartley, Managing Director of EDF Energy’s Generation business.

“We are delighted to reach this agreement with NGL which further reinforces an already strong partnership established over 40 years ago when the Springfields site manufactured the initial fuel for the UK’s first commercial AGR,” said Tarik Choho, Westinghouse President of Nuclear Fuel. “We are proud of this legacy and that the Springfields team can provide ongoing services and support to the AGR stations for the years to come.”

The Westinghouse Springfields site has manufactured world-class nuclear fuel and related products and services for nearly 75 years. Nuclear fuel produced by Westinghouse in Springfields, a UK strategic capability in Lancashire, plays a vital role in supporting clean secure power generation in the UK and around the world, helping to avoid over 1.2 billion tonnes of CO₂ emissions in the UK alone.