NuCrane ships first AP1000 polar crane to China for nuclear power plant construction

Source: Westinghouse Electric

Westinghouse Electric Company's NuCrane Manufacturing facility in Hutchinson, Minn. has begun shipment of the first AP1000 polar crane destined for China National Nuclear Corporation's (CNNC) Sanmen 1 Nuclear Power Plant currently under construction in Sanmen County, Zhejiang Province, China. 

Eleven flat bed trucks and 15 shipping containers will transport the 300-ton capacity crane from Hutchinson to New Orleans, La., where it will be loaded onto commercial ships for transit to China. Expected arrival at the construction site is late October. 

Westinghouse President of Operations Ric Perez said that the successful shipment again shows the mutually beneficial nature of the Westinghouse approach to international business, which is designed to build infrastructure and promote energy independence in the countries in which it does business while also creating jobs and infrastructure in the United States. 

Westinghouse estimates that the four projects in China are creating or sustaining approximately 5,000 jobs in the United States across no less than 20 states. 

Sanmen 1 is the first of four AP1000 Nuclear Power Plants currently under construction in China. Sanmen 1 and 2 are scheduled to start generating power in 2013 and 2014, respectively, and Haiyang 1 and 2 are expected to follow in 2014 and 2015. 

Westinghouse in 2007 signed contracts with China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC), Sanmen Nuclear Power Company Ltd, Shandong Nuclear Power Company Ltd., and China National Technical Import & Export Corporation (CNTIC) to provide four AP1000 nuclear power plants in China.

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