First of new age nuclear reactors shipped

China has received the key component parts of the world’s first Westinghouse AP1000. Sanmen 1 is one of two AP1000 pressurized water reactors being constructed at the site and is […]

By Tom Gibson

China has received the key component parts of the world’s first Westinghouse AP1000. Sanmen 1 is one of two AP1000 pressurized water reactors being constructed at the site and is the lead unit of four AP1000s currently being built in China.

The components were shipped from South Korea last week and will become part of the world’s first nuclear new build.

The component for the heart of the power plant was produced in South Korea by Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction using some forgings fabricated by China First Heavy Industries, the plants are scheduled to begin operating between November 2013 and March 2015.

Next month Doosan is expected to complete the top part of Sanmen 1’s vessel, including elements of the control rod drive mechanism.