AP1000 nuclear plants to use Emerson valves

Emerson Process Management signed an $8 million order to supply critical control valves to be used in two AP1000 nuclear reactors planned for Scana Corp. (NYSE: SCG)’s Virgil C. Summer plant in South Carolina.

Emerson previously supplied valves for four AP1000 plants being built in China and two additional units in the Southeast U.S.

The valves will be part of the safety-related system in the nuclear containment area. For the passive residual heat removal system, Emerson developed a specially modified ball valve that meets specified flow requirements and fits in a limited space.

Construction is expected to begin on the plant in late 2011 or early 2012. The reactors are expected to begin commercial operation in 2016 and 2019, respectively.

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