Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE: CW), Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC, and the State Nuclear Power and Technology Corp. (SNPTC) of China said they have successfully completed the design, manufacture and qualification of the lead AP1000 reactor coolant pump (RCP). Curtiss-Wright performed qualification of the RCP at its Flow Control business segment's Electro-Mechanical Division (EMD) facility in Cheswick, Pa.
The companies said the conclusion of qualification testing of the AP1000 RCP, including 50 service cycles and more than 500 total operating hours, clears the way for installation of the RCPs at Sanmen Unit 1 in China, the first AP1000 reactor to be built in the world.
Curtiss-Wright will build 16 RCPs for the first two AP1000 plants in China at its expanded EMD facility. Each plant is supported by two AP1000 reactors, while each reactor holds four reactor coolant pumps.
The shipment of the first two RCPs for Sanmen 1 is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2012.
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