PITTSBURGH – March 14, 2013 – The following statement is attributable to Westinghouse Electric Company President and CEO Danny Roderick:
“This has been a week of momentous progress in bringing a new generation of safe, clean, reliable nuclear energy to the United States. In the span of a few short days, the foundations have been successfully completed for two new AP1000® units in the southeastern U.S. – the first new nuclear plants to start construction in the country in three decades.
“I congratulate the hundreds of workers who supported the first concrete pour at Vogtle Unit 3 in Georgia, which was achieved early Thursday afternoon and sets the stage for the installation of key modules in the unit’s nuclear island. This is an important milestone for our customer, Southern Nuclear, and Westinghouse is honored that our AP1000 plant technology will enable Southern and its partners to meet the future energy needs of the citizens they serve.
“The two AP1000 units under construction at the Vogtle site will generate the electricity that powers 500,000 homes and businesses in Georgia. These units are also powerful job-creation engines, employing a peak of 5,000 people during construction and providing 800 full-time positions during the plant’s operation.
“Westinghouse and CB&I, our consortium partner, remain committed to the safe, high-quality and efficient delivery of the AP1000 plants at the Vogtle site in Georgia, the V.C. Summer site in South Carolina, and the Sanmen and Haiyang sites in China. Significant progress is being achieved in the construction of all eight units at these locations, and we continue to work closely with our partners, suppliers and customers on upcoming milestones in the delivery of the plants.”
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.