First Concrete Pour For Sanmen Unit 2 Complete

December 17, 2009

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ – Westinghouse Electric Company, its consortium team member The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SHAW), China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) and Sanmen Nuclear Power Company of China National Nuclear Corporation are pleased to announce the successful completion of the first pour of basemat structural concrete for the nuclear island of Unit 2 at the Sanmen site in China.

Placement of the basemat structural concrete for Unit 2 was completed in 42 hours, 18 minutes, approximately seven hours ahead of schedule and more than one month ahead of the contract schedule date of January 31 2010. The entire process also encompassed an additional 950 tons of reinforcing steel and 1,000 anchor bolts. The resulting structure will serve as the foundation for all of the nuclear island buildings, including the containment vessel and the shield building.

“The completion of this important milestone reaffirms the long-term partnership between Westinghouse and its Chinese customers that will provide the people of China with additional clean sources of power generation built on the pillars of safety, energy security, and investment in the local economy,” said Ric Perez, senior vice president, Westinghouse Nuclear Power Plants. “We remain committed to safely bringing the first AP1000 plant online in 2013 – on time and within budget.”

The Containment Vessel Bottom Head (CVBH) for Sanmen Unit 1 is also ready to be placed. The CVBH was assembled at an on-site facility at Sanmen, was then moved to the Unit 1 nuclear island area and now awaits placement using a crane. The CVBH weighs approximately 700 tons and it will take approximately four hours to complete the move. The CVBH will be placed as soon as weather permits.

Sanmen is the site of two Westinghouse AP1000 units that are being built under a contract signed in 2007 for four AP1000 units. Two other AP1000 units are currently under construction at Haiyang, China, and Westinghouse, the Shaw Group and China are currently in discussion on plans for more AP1000 plants to be sited inland of China’s coastal areas. Additionally, Westinghouse and the AP1000 have been identified as the supplier and technology of choice for no less than 14 AP1000 units 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 www.ap1000.westinghousenuclear.com.

Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502), 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.

The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SHAW) is a leading global provider of engineering, construction, technology, fabrication, remediation and support services for clients in the energy, chemicals, environmental, infrastructure and emergency response industries. A Fortune 500 company with fiscal year 2009 annual revenues of $7.3 billion, Shaw has approximately 28,000 employees around the world and is the power sector industry leader according to Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For more information, please visit Shaw’s Web site at www.shawgrp.com.

SOURCE Westinghouse Electric Company

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