Fuel assemblies completed for nuclear power plant in China

Westinghouse Electric Co. said on March 19 it has completed fabrication of all 157 fuel assemblies and related components needed to operate the first-ever AP1000 nuclear power plant, Sanmen Unit 1, in Zhejiang province, China.

The fuel assemblies were completed at Westinghouse’s Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility in Columbia, S.C., and delivered to the Sanmen Nuclear Power Co., also in Columbia, for later shipment to China.  Sanmen Unit 1 is scheduled to begin generating electricity in 2013.

Sanmen 1 is the flagship AP1000 plant. Seven more AP1000 reactors are under construction:  one more at Sanmen; two at Haiyang site in Shandong Province, China; two at Southern Nuclear's Vogtle site in Georgia; and two at the SCE&G V.C. Summer site in South Carolina. 

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