Pittsburgh, June 21, 2011 — Westinghouse Electric Co. successfully installed a replacement steam dryer at Xcel Energy’s Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant, a single-unit GE-designed boiling water reactor located near Monticello, Minnesota, 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis.
The Westinghouse Sweden steam dryer design has more than 200 reactor years of event-free operation and is in use at more than 11 BWR plants throughout Europe and the Nordic Region.
The Monticello replacement steam dryer was fabricated at Toshiba’s Keihin facility, in Yokohama, Japan, and was shipped from Yokohama to the U.S. in December 2010, arriving at the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant 20 days ahead of schedule. The one-piece assembly is 17 feet in diameter, 16 feet tall and weighs 60,000 pounds.
Westinghouse Electric Co., a group company of Toshiba Corp., is a nuclear energy company and a supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa. Westinghouse technology is the basis for about one-half of the world’s operating nuclear plants, including 60 percent of those in the U.S.