July 31, 2008

WE Breaks Ground in China

Westinghouse Electric Co. and its Chinese client have broken ground on the first of four nuclear power plants the company will build in the energy-hungry nation.

Monroeville-based Westinghouse said that, along with engineering partner The Shaw Group, of Louisiana, and the Shandong Nuclear Power Co., it began excavation one month earlier than planned at the plant site in Haiyang, Shandong province in northeastern China.

The facility will house two AP1000 reactors, Westinghouse's newest design, which together can produce 2,200 megawatts of power - - enough for nearly 1.5 million homes. Last year Westinghouse won a $5.3 billion contract to provide China with four AP1000 reactors.

Originally published by staff and wire reports.

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