Shipment of AP1000 nuclear reactor vessel to China is complete

Pittsburgh, July 29, 2011 Westinghouse Electric Co., its consortium team member The Shaw Group Inc., China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. and Sanmen Nuclear Power Co. Ltd., announced that the first AP1000 nuclear reactor vessel successfully arrived at the Sanmen nuclear power plant in China’s Zhejiang province.

Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction manufactured the nuclear reactor vessel, which weighs about 340 tons and measures 4.5 meters in diameter by 12.2 meters in length. 

The reactor vessel successfully arrived at Sanmen after a long journey from Doosan’s in-house port at its Changwon Plant in the Republic of Korea. The vessel, when installed in the Sanmen Unit 1 AP1000 plant, will undergo installation and operational testing before starting commercial operation in late 2013.

Westinghouse and The Shaw Group Inc., signed landmark contracts with Chinese customers to provide four AP1000 pressurized water reactors in China, two in Sanmen in Zhejiang, and another pair in Haiyang in Shandong province.

The first AP1000 unit at Sanmen will become operational in late 2013. The remaining three units are expected to come online in 2014 and 2015.

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