Westinghouse's Candris: China plants on pace for 2013 opening
Westinghouse is on schedule to complete the construction of two AP1000 reactors in Sanmen, China, by May 2013 and open them six months later, said CEO Aris Candris on Thursday. Westinghouse is assembling two more 1,000-megawatt AP1000 reactors in China's Shandong provinces, and hopes to secure at least three more plants, the company said. Reuters
China has said it wants to raise its nuclear capacity from around 10 gigawatts now to at least 40 GW by 2020, with Westinghouse hoping its new reactor will be favoured over European and Russian competitors for much of the new build. "The AP1000 is going to be the principal reactor (in China's nuclear programme)," Westinghouse CEO Aris Candris told a Nuclear Association conference in London, later saying that Westinghouse's involvement in China's nuclear expansion plans would be diminished by technology transfers the company agreed to when it sealed the Sanmen and Haiyang.