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Westinghouse Plans Etna, Pennsylvania, Nuclear Battery Technology Accelerator

Westinghouse, a nuclear power company, plans to establish operations in Etna, Pennsylvania. The $18 million project is expected to create more than 40 jobs.

The company will lease a 87,420-square-foot facility where it will create a technology accelerator that will support commercialization of the microreactor. Westinghouse will also manufacture certain components that do not involve any nuclear materials.

“Westinghouse is grateful for the support we have received from Governor Shapiro, Sec. Siger, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Borough of Etna, to help bring this advanced nuclear technology to the world,” said Patrick Fragman, Westinghouse President and CEO. “We have deep roots in Pennsylvania and we are excited to continue building the future of clean energy right here.”

Westinghouse received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $1,083,250 Pennsylvania First Grant to support the site.

“Westinghouse built the world’s first commercial pressurized water reactor in Southwestern Pennsylvania more than 60 years ago, so it’s only fitting that they will continue to develop advanced nuclear technology here,” added DCED Secretary Rick Siger. “This unique and innovative project will create high-paying engineering and tech jobs in Pennsylvania while also breathing new life into an old, underutilized industrial building. This is a tremendous win and an example of the enormous opportunity for energy innovation in the Commonwealth.”

Westinghouse Electric Company is a supplier of safe and innovative nuclear technology. The company provides utility customers with nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel, plant automation and operating plant products and services.

“I congratulate Westinghouse on today’s announcement about the company’s plans to advance its eVinci microreactor clean energy project here in Pittsburgh,” added Allegheny Conference on Community Development CEO Stefani Pashman. “We’re bullish about the region’s leadership in energy innovation and transition because we have a complete and dynamic ecosystem to support it, one grounded in innovation, brain and muscle power, STEM expertise, and world-class manufacturing capacity. We’re proud this ecosystem includes Westinghouse, a company that has and will continue to push the frontiers and bring to life what’s next in energy. The eVinci™ microreactor project is just one of the latest examples.”

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