Westinghouse announces AP1000 nuclear simulator installation success

Westinghouse Electric Co. has successfully, and on schedule, installed full scope AP1000 plant reference simulators at the Sanmen and Haiyang nuclear power plants in China, according to a company press release issued Jan. 10.

The plant simulator creates a high-fidelity replica of the AP1000 control room, and “It is in this replica control room that students are trained to become plant operators, studying directly on the control consoles, control panels and displays of the AP1000 nuclear power plant control room,” the release said.

The company also said the first class of 34 AP1000 reactor operators and senior reactor operators have been successfully trained at the Sanmen site. Another 36 are expected to complete training in February 2013, while a new class at the Haiyang site are scheduled to complete training in the spring of 2013.

At present there are 10 contracts for AP 1000 reactors in place around the world—four in China and six in the U.S.—and the first unit is expected to produce electricity in China by 2014.

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