Nuclear localisation memorandum between US and SA nuclear companies

Engineering News 12 March 2013.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between US nuclear company Westinghouse Electric and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), the American enterprise reported on Tuesday. The MoU covers the investigation of, and cooperation in, the development of nuclear-fuel-assembly component fabrication capabilities in South Africa.

“By signing this MoU with Necsa, we are showing our commitment to provide nuclear technologies and engineering support to the South African nuclear industry,” affirmed Westinghouse VP and MD: France, Benelux and South Africa François Harari. “We are proud of our proven Westinghouse technology and our global capabilities to deliver safe, reliable and clean baseload nuclear power.”

(Comment: Westinghouse’s enthusiasm is understandable as the nuclear industry in the US is stagnating under the cost pressures and competition from natural gas power plants. I hope we don’t fall into the nuclear black hole!)

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