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Westinghouse developing seismic option for AP1000 nuclear reactor

Westinghouse AP1000 reactor Sanmen China control room

Westinghouse Electric Co. is developing a specialized option of its AP1000 nuclear reactor technology for use in locations with higher seismic levels in portions of the western U.S. and other countries.

Westinghouse began the process of obtaining the review and approval of the “Specialized Seismic Option” from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The company is working with parent company Toshiba on a limited number of customized materials and/or reinforcements that will allow new AP1000s to be built in areas that have a higher seismic spectrum.  The option will provide the same safety features, modular design and simplified systems as the AP1000.

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