Westinghouse Announces Its Latest Supplier Conference Held in Brazil

- Supplier Conference was in support of the Buy Where We Build(TM) program, modeled on localization of new nuclear supply chain

- The Westinghouse Supplier Conference was a key component in a continuing initiative to provide global supply chain solutions in anticipation of the growing nuclear renaissance

Sep 25, 2009, 15:00 ET from Westinghouse Electric Company

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Electric Company has successfully concluded a Supplier Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Westinghouse conducts Supplier Conferences to identify potential suppliers for its AP1000(TM) Nuclear Power Plant Global Supply Chain. As Westinghouse continues to lead the nuclear renaissance, building and maintaining strong global supply chain solutions is critical in order to provide clean, reliable nuclear energy throughout the world.

Westinghouse plans to fully support the "Plan for Nuclear Energy 2030" by offering the AP1000 as a solution to any proposed new nuclear plant projects in Brazil. The increasing interest around the world in building new nuclear power plants reflects growing recognition that nuclear energy can play a key role in delivering safe and secure supplies of electricity with no associated emissions of carbon dioxide.

The Buy Where We Build(TM) program is designed to build long-term partnerships with local industry in the regions of the world that have the potential to support new nuclear power plant projects. It is estimated that more than 65 percent of the labor and equipment involved in the construction of any new AP1000 plant will come from directly from Brazilian industry.

"Because of our commitment to the markets in which we live and work, Westinghouse has chosen a business model that is not vertically integrated. In other words, we are free to form partnerships with local industry because we don't have the undue considerations involved in having to source material or labor from any Westinghouse-owned company - we would rather work with our local industry partners to bring that value and benefit to the local economy and all of our projects," says Gordon Bischoff, Manager, Business Development for Brazil.

Westinghouse has recently conducted similar Supplier Conferences in Canada, Czech Republic, India, Republic of South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Brazil was chosen for its centralized location within the region, as well as access to potential suppliers who may already have specialized knowledge and skills in the energy sector.

By attending the Supplier Conference, participants were identified for later qualification in areas of work that include:

  • Fabrication of construction modules
  • Development of a qualified and skilled supply base
  • Onsite erection and assembly of components
  • Nuclear component manufacturing

To learn more about becoming a Westinghouse supplier, visit http://supply.westinghousenuclear.com.

Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation, is the world's pioneering nuclear power company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world's first PWR in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants, including 60 percent of those in the United States.

SOURCE Westinghouse Electric Company