Westinghouse holds Canadian supplier symposium

July 25, 2023, 12:00PMNuclear News
Eddie Saab, Westinghouse Canada president, speaks at the Canadian Supplier Symposium. (Photo: Westinghouse)

Westinghouse Electric Company welcomed 95 vendors to the Canadian Supplier Symposium last week to engage with current and potential suppliers for the company’s global new-build projects.

Held July 20 in Mississauga, Ontario, the day-long event provided an overview for suppliers of the three Westinghouse reactor technologies: the already deployed AP1000 pressurized water reactor, the recently debuted AP300 small modular reactor, and the eVinci microreactor.

The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries, an association of more than 200 suppliers in Canada and the international marketplace, helped organize the gathering, which drew over 130 attendees, according to Westinghouse.

Official words: “Westinghouse has a long history of working with established and emerging supply chains around the world,” said Eddie Saab, president for Westinghouse Canada. “Engaging and leveraging Canada’s robust supply chain is key to that strategy, and we are thrilled with the enthusiasm we’re seeing for today’s event, as well as the opportunity to help build Canada’s, and the world’s, nuclear energy future.”

In case you missed it: The Canadian government in March 2022 announced an investment of C$27.2 million (about $20.6 million) in Westinghouse Electric Canada to support the development of the eVinci microreactor. The investment was made through the Strategic Innovation Fund’s Net Zero Accelerator initiative, a program designed to attract and assist high-quality business investments that support Canada’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

Six months later, in September, Westinghouse signed a service agreement with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, initiating a vendor design review (VDR)—a prelicensing technical assessment of a company’s reactor technology.

And earlier this month, Westinghouse submitted to the CNSC the first set of VDR documents for the eVinci.

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