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Westinghouse And Shaw Group To Commence Next Phase Of Sanmen Nuclear Plant Expansion

According to Reuters, a consortium of Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC (Westinghouse) and the Shaw Group Inc. (Shaw Group), is planning to commence construction of the next phase of its Sanmen nuclear plant by the end of 2011. Both the companies are together building the first of their AP1000 reactors in Sanmen in Zhejiang province, near Shanghai. The firms have started building the first phase, two of a total planned six AP1000 reactors, and expect it to start operating in 2013.

There’s some preparations and contracts to sign, but we hope to be launching construction of the second phase by the end of 2011, Gu Jun, general manager of China National Nuclear Corp Sanmen Nuclear Power Plant said.

The consortium is building the plant under a technology transfer programme. China — which wants to be in a position to build AP1000 reactors on its own by 2020 — expects to complete the final phase without foreign help.

We hope that units 5 and 6 will be built by ourselves, Gu said.