Westinghouse begins construction of AP1000 reactor in China

21 April 2009 - Westinghouse Electric Co. began work on Monday (20 April) on an AP1000 nuclear plant in China, the company announced.

The structural concrete has been poured for the first of four 1100 MW plants to be built in China under a 2007 contract signed by Westinghouse, its partner The Shaw Group Inc., China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. and Sanmen Nuclear Power Co. of China National Nuclear Corp.

The first AP1000 is on the island of Sanmen.

Electricity from the plant is expected to begin generating in 2013, according to a statement from Westinghouse. In total, the four reactor project will cost China approximately $8bn.

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