Joint venture starts up nuclear-grade zirconium plant in China

Westinghouse Electric Co. and its China-based joint venture partner, the State Nuclear Baoti Zirconium Industry LTD. (SNZ), commenced the startup of a new zirconium sponge plant production facility, the State Nuclear WEC Zirconium Hafnium Co. Ltd. (SNWZH), in Nantong, China.

The SNWZH facility will produce nuclear-grade zirconium, a component of the tubing process used in nuclear fuel assembly operations, for use by the shareholders of SNWZH to manufacture parts for nuclear fuel assemblies in China and globally through Westinghouse.

Westinghouse and its consortium partner, The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SHAW), signed an agreement with China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. in 2007 to provide four AP1000 power plants in the country.

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