Westinghouse Signs Cooperation Agreements with China’s State Nuclear Power Automation System Engineering Company
Westinghouse Electric Company LLC announced it signed two instrumentation and control (I&C) system cooperation agreements with China’s State Nuclear Power Automation System Engineering Company (SNPAS).
Danny Roderick, president and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Company, and Wang Binghua, chairman, State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) witnessed the agreement signings that will enable Westinghouse to sustain its Automation and Field Services business growth in China’s nuclear energy market.
One of the agreements extends an I&C systems cooperation signed in November 2010 for China AP1000® nuclear plant I&C systems. The extension covers the strategic relationship of Westinghouse and SNPAS in supplying I&C systems for AP1000 new-plant projects into the future.
“Westinghouse is committed to supporting the localization of AP1000 instrumentation and control products through our partnership with SNPAS,” said David Howell, senior vice president, Westinghouse Nuclear Automation and Field Services. “The two parties will continue to work together to enhance the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants while providing world-class instrumentation and controls solutions to our customers.”
The second agreement covers I&C systems for future global SNPTC nuclear power plant projects, using designs derived from the AP1000 design by SNPTC. Earlier this year, Westinghouse and SNPTC signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering a broad range of areas of cooperation; this second agreement falls under that strategic nuclear technology partnership.
Mr. Howell commented: “I am pleased to see that we are taking this next step. These agreements indicate that our Chinese partners continue to recognize Westinghouse’s leadership role in providing instrumentation and control systems. Such recognition provides Westinghouse with more opportunities to strategically engage in China’s nuclear energy program development.”
In 2007, Westinghouse, with its partner Chicago Bridge & Iron N.V., successfully won the bid for China’s generation three plus (III+) nuclear power projects to build two units of AP1000 reactors in Sanmen, Zhejiang Province and two units in Haiyang, Shandong Province. The construction of the four AP1000 units in China continues to move forward at an impressive pace. The Sanmen Unit 1 is expected to go online in December 2015.
Westinghouse provides a complete range of instrumentation, control and automation products and services to enhance plant safety and reliability. In 2012 Westinghouse Electric Company (China) Co. Ltd. was established to more closely support China customers with a complete range of new-plant I&C requirements, specifically product development, design, assembly and testing.
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502), is the world’s pioneering nuclear energy company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa., U.S. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world’s operating nuclear plants. AP1000 is a trademark of Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All rights reserved.
State Nuclear Power Automation System Engineering Company is a joint venture between China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) and Shanghai Automation Instrumentation Corporation Ltd. (SAIC). The main business scope ranges from I&C system development, design, production, integration, and configuration to life-cycle services for nuclear power plant and relevant industrial applications.
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