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WESTINGHOUSE WINS SUPER COLLIDER HEB MAGNET CONTRACT

 WESTINGHOUSE WINS SUPER COLLIDER HEB MAGNET CONTRACT
 DALLAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Superconducting Super Collider


Laboratory (SSCL) has awarded an $84 million contract to Westinghouse Electric Corporation (NYSE: WX) to design and manufacture the initial production of High Energy Booster (HEB) dipole magnets for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) planned superconducting super collider, it was announced today.
 Under terms of the contract, Westinghouse will design and manufacture three model magnets, six prototype magnets, 20 pre-production magnets and 50 low-rate initial production magnets. The contract also contains an option for 382 additional production units which the SSCL may exercise in the future.
 The magnets, which will be manufactured at Westinghouse's modernized plant in Round Rock, Texas, each weigh approximately 13 tons and are 42.65 feet long and 27.56 inches in diameter. Operating at approximately 451 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit), electricity will flow through the magnet coils without resistance.
 Scientists working with the Westinghouse magnets at the superconducting super collider in Waxahachie, Texas, will be able to probe the nature of matter on a scale far smaller than the atom. The facility, scheduled to become operational in 1999, will be the world's largest particle accelerator and is considered to be the most sophisticated scientific instrument the world has ever known.
 Frank R. Bakos, vice president and general manager of Westinghouse's Power Generation Business Unit, said the contract will benefit both Westinghouse and the nation. "This contract, and our previously announced award for the production of dipole magnets for SSCL, puts Westinghouse at the forefront of the super collider program," he said. "We're proud to be part of a such a vital national program."
 Bruce Boswell, general manager of the Power Generation Business Unit's magnet systems division, said that Westinghouse is uniquely qualified to produce the magnets. "Westinghouse has designed and built many of the world's most complex superconducting magnets," he said. "This project expands our participation in the super collider program and will allow us to make further use of our extensive design and engineering talent."
 Delivery of the first model magnets is expected by year-end 1992 and the delivery of the first of the 50 low-rate initial production magnets is scheduled for 1996.
 Knowledge acquired through the super collider program is expected to yield tremendous improvements in high-speed transportation systems, medical diagnostics, computer systems, advanced electrical generating technologies and space travel.
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 /CONTACT: Vaughn Gilbert of Westinghouse Electric, 412-642-5564/
 (WX) CO: Westinghouse Electric Corporation ST: Texas, Pennsylvania IN: SU: CON


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