Hitachi and Toshiba are expected to win a 200bn yen ($2.4bn) order to build key infrastructure for a Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) nuclear plant that is to be Japan's largest.
According to Reuters, construction of the plant in Higashidori village, Aomori Prefecture, began 25 January, with TEPCO, Japan's biggest utility, aiming to bring it online in March 2017.
Hitachi will be responsible for the reactor, while Toshiba will handle the steam turbine and generator at the ABWR plant, which will generate 1.385 GW. Hitachi's nuclear unit, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Ltd, and Toshiba have formed a consortium and signed an engineering deal with TEPCO.
Design work is underway and TEPCO is expected to officially order the reactor, steam turbine and power generator as soon as the spring. The duo aim to use the Higashidori No. 1 unit to win orders overseas for ABWR plants.
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