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WESTINGHOUSE, U.K.'S NUCLEAR ELECTRIC WILL BID TOGETHER ON TAIWAN UNITS

WESTINGHOUSE, U.K.'S NUCLEAR ELECTRIC WILL BID TOGETHER ON TAIWAN UNITS
 PITTSBURGH, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Electric Corporation (NYSE: WX) and the United Kingdom's Nuclear Electric, partners in the construction of the United Kingdom's first pressurized water reactor at Sizewell, said today they will combine resources to bid a similar design in Taiwan early next year.
 In December, Taipower is expected to issue a formal request and final specifications for two 1,000 to 1,300 megawatt units at Yen Liao in northeast Taiwan. The first unit, which will be Taiwan's seventh, is scheduled to go into operation in the year 2000, with the second unit scheduled to follow in 2001.
 "The evolutionary light water reactor which Westinghouse and Nuclear Electric will propose to Taipower is based on the best-performing series of operating Westinghouse pressurized water reactors that culminated in the design of the Sizewell B plant, and will be essentially identical to two additional units the United Kingdom is considering for the Sizewell site," said Carlo L. Caso, general manager of Westinghouse's nuclear and advanced technology division.
 John Collier, chairman of Nuclear Electric, said, "The licensing review carried out for Sizewell B was probably the most comprehensive in the history of commercial nuclear power. What we've got, as a result, is a PWR design that is undoubtedly going to be a top performer. It has so much in the way of diverse backup systems that we expect very high load factors -- and electricity which is competitive with any other generator."
 The Sizewell B plant will begin commercial operation in mid-1994. Sizewell fully satisfies Taipower's requirement for an operating license as a means of validating the licensability of the plants to be offered, Caso said.
 "We are pleased that this decision will provide Nuclear Electric an opportunity to duplicate the success it currently is experiencing with Sizewell B," he added.
 Nuclear Electric operates 12 twin-reactor commercial nuclear stations in the U.K. Sizewell B is the country's first PWR, and is being delivered ahead of schedule and within budget.
 With just under two-fifths of its electricity generated by six nuclear reactors, Taiwan ranks seventh in the world in the share of its electric power derived from uranium. Westinghouse previously supplied Taiwan's Maanshan 1 and 2 commercial nuclear power plants, both 907-megawatt PWRs that went into operation in the mid-1980s.
 With more than 170 plants around the world employing its pressurized water reactor technology, Westinghouse is the world's foremost supplier of nuclear power technology, systems, fuel and services.
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