Westinghouse Electric Company sets a new industry standard with the AP1000 nuclear power plant.
The AP1000 PWR is the safest and most economical nuclear power plant available in the worldwide commercial marketplace. The established design of the AP1000 plant offers three distinct advantages over other designs:
- Unequaled safety
- Economic competitiveness
- Improved and more efficient operations
Based on nearly 20 years of research and development, the AP1000 plant builds and improves upon the established technology of major components used in current Westinghouse-designed plants. These components include:
- Steam generators
- Digital instrumentation and controls
- Reactor vessels
Simplification was a major design objective for the AP1000 plant. The simplified plant design includes overall safety systems, normal operating systems, the control room, construction techniques, and instrumentation and control systems. The innovative AP1000 plant design features:
- Fewer safety-related valves
- Less safety-related piping
- Less control cable
- Fewer pumps
- Less seismic building volume
In addition, the AP1000 plant design saves money and time with an accelerated construction time from the pouring of first concrete to the loading of fuel. The result is a plant that is easier and less expensive to build, operate and maintain.