Shaw And Westinghouse Complete First Nuclear Concrete Placement At Sanmen Nuclear Site In China

Shaw is under contract with SNPTC for two Westinghouse AP1000s

 - By Stephen Heiser -

The Shaw Group Inc. today announced the Nuclear Division of its Power Group and Westinghouse Electric Company, its AP1000 Consortium partner, along with China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC), successfully completed placement of first nuclear concrete at the Sanmen nuclear power plant project in China’s Zhejiang province.

Shaw provided engineering and project management services leading up to and throughout the 47 hours of continuous concrete production and monolithic placement for the nuclear island basemat for Sanmen Unit 1. The basemat serves as a foundation for the containment and auxiliary buildings that are within the nuclear island. Measuring six feet in thickness, the basemat required approximately 5,000 cubic meters of concrete to cover an area nearly 250 feet long and 160 feet at its widest section.

click for full size“This is a tremendous milestone not only for the Sanmen project but for the entire nuclear industry, as it marks the true beginning of construction of the world’s first AP1000 nuclear power plant,” said J.M. Bernhard Jr., Shaw’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “The team’s commitment to safety and standardized work practices, along with months of detailed planning and preparation, were keys to the successful and timely placement of first nuclear concrete.”

Shaw is under contract with SNPTC, Sanmen Nuclear Power Company, Shandong Nuclear Power Company Ltd. and China National Technical Import & Export Corporation to provide engineering, procurement, commissioning, information management and project management services for two Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear units being built at Sanmen and another two units under construction at Haiyang in Shandong province.

The Shaw Group Inc. is a leading global provider of technology, engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, fabrication, manufacturing, consulting, remediation and facilities management services for government and private sector clients in the energy, chemicals, environmental, infrastructure and emergency response markets. A Fortune 500 company with fiscal year 2008 annual revenues of $7 billion, Shaw is headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., and employs approximately 26,000 people at its offices and operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. Shaw is the power sector industry leader according to Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For further information, please visit Shaw’s Web site at

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