Westinghouse Says Deal Near for 26 New Reactors in China

Westinghouse appears closer to a deal to build 26 of the company's AP1000 reactors at inland sites in China for an estimated $20 billion.

Westinghouse CEO Danny Roderick said Chinese officials visiting the Pennsylvania company last week made clear that they intend to move forward with the plants when the first AP1000s approach completion by the end of next year. He also told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the Chinese government is eager to accelerate reactor construction as part of efforts to reduce reliance on coal.

Westinghouse is already in negotiations to build eight additional AP1000s at coastal sites. Approvals for all inland plants were suspended until 2015 during an overhaul of China's nuclear regulatory system following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accidents in Japan. Earlier energy plans had envisioned at least 30 additional AP1000s would follow construction of the initial slate of coastal plants, according to the World Nuclear Association. Though Westinghouse emphasized talks remain preliminary, they suggest China is ready to resume planning for large-scale deployment of the AP1000 technology at sites around the country.

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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    Westinghouse actually builds their own reactors?  That's new.  I thought their contractors (CB&I) did it.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    If this succeeds China will step right to the top of the industrialized world.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    With present political and military escalation in China Seas, I don't how the chinese can undergo such a strategic economical effort, split over one decade or two. Unless they were given a "go ahead" from White House?

  • Anonymous: You bring up a good point. At Sanmen an Haiyang, for example, Westinghouse is part of a consortium with CB&I (formerly Shaw) responsible for construction. Westinghouse owns the AP1000 technology, so it ultimately negotiates with the Chinese entities that make the decision on whether or not the projects move forward.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

    Nuclear Street News Team

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    China is presently expanding their fleet of Nuclear Power Plants at a tremendous rate. I recently worked at four of the new plants where they are building between two and six new units, some already in operation. There are seven sites where six units each will feature, hence providing close to 40 GW of additional capacity. Their electricity generation expansion will enable them to produce more/cheaper/faster. I predict China will be the world's no. one manufacturer of virtually everything within the next twenty years. RIP rest of the world. (Germany)

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    We'll all breath easier when China succeeds in lessening its demand on coal.  

  • The scale and ambition of the Chinese nuclear power program is truly staggering. There's nearly 100 GW proposed or at some point in the planning or construction process, with even more envisioned for the future.  The good people at the World Nuclear Association have managed to keep track of it, and you can find more details here: www.world-nuclear.org/.../China--Nuclear-Power

    Peter

    Nuclear Street News Team

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    Westinghouse designed the AP1000  they could have anyone build the plant. CBI is building in the US because they purchased Shaw. Westinghouse does alot of nuclear maintenance work and possibly could "build" the reactors in the future.