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MTU, Westinghouse agree to cooperation for emergency diesel generators in NPPs

Posted on November 19, 2013

Propulsion and power generation specialist MTU Friedrichshafen and nuclear reactor technology supplier Westinghouse Electric Germany have signed a long-term strategic cooperation contract.

MTU said the agreement expands and consolidates the partnership that already exists in the field of emergency power generation in nuclear power plants (NPPs). Westinghouse Electric Germany will give preference to MTU Friedrichshafen, a Tognum-Group company, on projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

For all new construction projects or NPP repairs in these regions, Westinghouse Electric Germany will assess in advance whether cooperation would be feasible, whereby it will act as general contractor for construction or modernization and call on MTU’s expertise in the field of emergency power, the company said. The gen-sets are based on MTU 12V 956 TB33 engines and will generate a combined 18 000 kVA.

The two companies have joined forces on modernization of the Beznau nuclear power plant in the Swiss canton of Aargau. Beginning in 2014, four gen-sets will be responsible for emergency power in two blocks of the plant. These units comply with the stringent requirements of the German Nuclear Safety Standards Commission for the operation of emergency diesel generators in NPPs.

The cooperation contract shall initially apply for five years.