Reactor vessel arrives at Sanmen nuclear plant

1 August 2011

The reactor vessel for the world’s first AP1000 has arrived at the Sanmen nuclear power plant in Zhejiang province China, Westinghouse and its partners announced on 29 July.

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction manufactured the 340-ton reactor vessel at its Changwon Plant in South Korea. It is 12.2 meters long and 4.5 meters in diameter and will be used at Sanmen unit 1, which is scheduled to begin commercial operation in late 2013.

The Sanmen nuclear project is continuing on schedule, according to Westinghouse’s senior vice president nuclear power plants Deva Chari.

“All key project milestones of the Sanmen project were met in 2010, and the project continues to work towards successfully completing all 2011 key project milestones this year,” he said.

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