Westinghouse and China's State Nuclear Power Automation System Engineering Company (SNPAS) have signed two cooperation agreements related to instrumentation and control (I&C) systems.
The agreements with SNPAS - a joint venture between China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) and Shanghai Automation Instrumentation Corporation Ltd. (SAIC) - will enable Westinghouse to sustain its automation and field services business growth in China's nuclear energy market, the companies say.
The first agreement extends an I&C systems cooperation signed in November 2010 for AP1000 nuclear plants in China. The extension concerns the 'strategic relationship' of Westinghouse and SNPAS in supplying I&C systems for future new AP1000 projects in the country.
The second agreement covers I&C systems for future global SNPTC nuclear power plant projects, using designs derived from the AP1000 design.
Westinghouse has licensed the AP1000 technology for use in China, but not for export. SNPTC is currently developing derivatives of the design that could be exported, including the CAP1400, which Westinghouse says it is currently reviewing.
"Westinghouse is committed to supporting the localisation of AP1000 instrumentation and control products through our partnership with SNPAS," said David Howell, senior vice president, Westinghouse Nuclear Automation and Field Services.
Four AP1000 reactors are currently under construction in China, with the first unit, Sanmen 1, expected to go online in December 2015. Further AP1000s are expected to built in waves and Westinghouse expects there to be 20 AP1000 units under construction in China over the next five years.