In July 2007, Westinghouse and The Shaw Group finalized landmark contracts with State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation Ltd., Sanmen Nuclear Power Company Ltd., Shandong Nuclear Power Company Ltd., and China National Technical Import & Export Corporation. These contracts confirmed plans to provide four AP1000™ nuclear power units – two in Sanmen and two in Haiyang. This contract will result in the first-ever deployment of advanced U.S. nuclear power technology in China.
Below is information about Haiyang and Sanmen.
Sanmen is located in the Zhejiang province on the eastern coast of China, nestled between the Chang Da and Shuang Feng mountains. The town of Sanmen has apopulation of 200,000. The temperature can vary greatly at Sanmen, with an average temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers on average last from May through September and are usually hot and humid; winters normally range from December through February.
Basic living necessities are available in Sanmen, and brand-name products can be purchased at clothing and food stores in the city, such as Kentucky Fried Chicken®, Nike® and Adidas®. While amenities such as satellite television can be arranged, there are few entertainment and fitness-center options.
Sanmen currently has a limited amount of secondary housing. Expatriates working on the AP1000 in Sanmen live on site in expatriate housing.
The larger city of Ningbo is a two-hour drive from the site or a 30-minute ride on the high-speed train that stops in the town of Sanmen. Ningbo offers many shopping and dining options, and has an international airport. Shanghai is approximately 3.5 hours away from the town of Sanmen via the high-speed train and also has an international airport.
Haiyang, approximately 1600 kilometers (994 miles) north of Sanmen, is located in the mid-southern section of the Shandong province on China’s eastern coast. Haiyang has a considerably larger population than Sanmen – approximately 700,000 people. The Shandong province has an annual mean temperature of 52 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers on average last from May through September and are usually hot and humid; winters normally range from December through February.
Basic living necessities are in abundance, and many shopping options are available. Brand-name products are easily accessible. Similar to Sanmen, fitness and entertainment options are limited, but satellite television can be arranged. Few secondary housing options exist in the city, but temporary housing is available on the beach in the new section of Haiyang. Expatriates working on the AP1000 site in Haiyang live in expatriate housing approximately 15 minutes from the site.
Larger cities nearby include Qingdao, which is a two-hour drive, and Yantai, a 90-minute drive. Both Qingdao and Yantai have international airports.