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B&W Hosts Advanced Laser Welding Demonstration

08 December 2011

The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYSE: BWC) today hosted a heat exchanger tube sheet laser welding demonstration, sponsored by the Edison Welding Institute (EWI) Nuclear Fabrication Consortium, at the B&W Research Center in Barberton, Ohio. The technology and processes demonstrated could prove beneficial to the nuclear manufacturing industry and supply chain by decreasing the time required to perform heat exchanger welds while reducing negative effects such as tube distortion and heat-affected zones created by traditional welding techniques.

Experts from B&W, EWI's Nuclear Fabrication Consortium and the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy conducted the session under the High Productivity Welding and Machining Demonstration project funded by the DOE. Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group Inc.'s (B&W NOG) Barberton facility fabricated the model that was used in the demonstration portion of the program.

"We were pleased to be a part of this informative and cutting-edge demonstration," B&W NOG President Peyton S. "Sandy" Baker said. "This was a valuable experience to share new knowledge with all those who attended."

"Ultimately, the tube sheet laser welding technology and other high productivity welding and joining processes demonstrated through this project have the potential to benefit the nuclear industry and manufacturing as a whole," said Nate Ames, Nuclear Fabrication Consortium Director, EWI.

Event attendees included U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Director of LWR Technology Tom Miller, EPRI Welding and Repair Technology Center Chairman Dan Patten, other representatives from EPRI and Idaho National Laboratory, B&W and EWI welding experts as well as other industry representatives.

About B&W

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., The Babcock & Wilcox Company (NYSE: BWC) is a leader in clean energy technology and services, primarily for the nuclear, fossil and renewable power markets, as well as a premier advanced technology and mission critical defense contractor. B&W has locations worldwide and employs approximately 12,000 people, in addition to approximately 10,000 joint venture employees. Learn more at www.babcock.com.

About EWI

EWI is an international thought-leader on materials joining and allied technologies. It uses manufacturing technology innovation to increase the competitiveness of over 2,700 member locations of global leaders in the aerospace, automotive, defense, petrochemical, government, heavy manufacturing, and electronics industries. EWI also operates a variety of technology-based centers and consortia to further increase manufacturing innovation. To learn more, visit www.ewi.org.

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Media Contact:
Ryan Cornell
Public Relations Specialist
The Babcock & Wilcox Company
330.860.1345
rscornell@babcock.com