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SNPTC/CNNC, Westinghouse and The Shaw Group Celebrate First Concrete Pour at Sanmen Nuclear Site in China


- Significant milestone in China's ambitious nuclear energy program

- AP1000™ nuclear power plant set to come on line in 2013

SHANGHAI, April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Westinghouse Electric Company, its consortium partner The Shaw Group Inc., China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) and Sanmen Nuclear Power Company of China National Nuclear Corporation today announced the successful completion, on schedule, of the first pour of basemat structural concrete for the nuclear island at Sanmen, the site of the first of four Westinghouse AP1000™ nuclear power plants to be built under a contract signed in 2007.

Westinghouse President and CEO Aris Candris said the first pour of concrete at the Sanmen site is significant because it shows that SNPTC, Westinghouse and The Shaw Group are committed to bringing all four plants on line in a timely and efficient manner.

"Completion of concrete pour is a major milestone that visibly moves the Sanmen project from the design and discussion stage to the construction stage," he said. "More importantly, by getting this project underway on schedule, we are further helping to ensure that baseload electricity generation will begin at this plant as intended in 2013."

Dr. Candris also lauded China nuclear industry, and the government of Peoples Republic of China for implementing a forward-looking nuclear energy program that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and further ensure energy independence.

"The Peoples Republic of China is taking a leadership position in building infrastructure and developing a comprehensive energy strategy that will support economic growth in an environmentally acceptable manner," he said. "Westinghouse is proud to be a part of this effort, and we look forward to assisting our valued Chinese customers in a manner that is long term and mutually beneficial to the peoples of our two great countries."

The pour encompassed 5,200 cubic meters of concrete, 950 tons of reinforcing steel and 1000 anchor bolts. The concrete will serve as the foundation for all of the nuclear island buildings, including the containment vessel and the shield building.

In addition to four plants the Westinghouse consortium is under contract to provide in China, Westinghouse and the AP1000 have been identified as the supplier and technology of choice for no less than 14 plants that have been announced in the United States, including six for which engineering, procurement and construction contracts have been signed.

Westinghouse believes the AP1000 is ideally suited for the worldwide nuclear power marketplace. The AP1000 is:

  • Based on standard Westinghouse pressurized water reactor (PWR) technology that has achieved more than 2,500 reactor years of highly successful operation
  • An 1100MWe design that is ideal for providing baseload generating capacity
  • Modular in design, promoting ready standardization and high construction quality
  • Economical to construct and maintain (less concrete and steel and fewer components and systems mean there is less to install, inspect and maintain)
  • Designed to promote ease of operation (features most advanced instrumentation and control (I&C) in the industry)

For more information about the Westinghouse AP1000, visit its Web site at

Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation, is the world's pioneering nuclear power company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world's first PWR in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants, including 60 percent of those in the United States.

SOURCE: Westinghouse Electric Company

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