Westinghouse is one of the world’s leading nuclear energy companies, with three major businesses: nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel and nuclear services. The company is part of the Toshiba Group, and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, in the United States.
In the UK, Westinghouse manages the fuel manufacturing plant at Springfields in central Lancashire, where close to 2000 people are employed. We run this facility, under a newly-signed 150 year lease, on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Our AP1000TM nuclear reactor design is one of the leading candidates for selection in the UK, and has already been ordered by customers in the US and China, where the first plant will be operating by 2013.
Nuclear Power Plants
Around half of the world’s operating nuclear stations are based on Westinghouse technology, and our latest plant – the AP1000 – is leading the nuclear renaissance. The design is currently going through a rigorous assessment by UK safety regulators and is ideally suited for use on sites in the UK – including West Cumbria.
The Springfields site in Lancashire has made fuel for a wide range of reactor types, including every nuclear plant to be operated in the UK. We would hope to make fuel for the next generation of AP1000 plants at the site – so securing hundreds of manufacturing jobs for decades to come.
Our services business provides refuelling services - together with maintenance, repair and replacement of equipment - to power plants around the world. We have experience in all aspects of reactor support – including decommissioning.
Underpinning all of our UK activity is a commitment to the development of skilled people – both within Westinghouse and in the UK supply chain. We are leading industry players in the National Skills Academy for Nuclear, and continue to engage actively with potential UK suppliers as part of our “We Buy Where We Build”TM approach.