Westinghouse has remained focused since the initial commercialization of nuclear power on plant standardization to improve plant safety and economy.
We have been a leader in standardized plant designs that are the foundation of today’s pressurized water reactor operating fleet. The 1970s Combustion Engineering System 80 designs were followed in the 1980s and 90s by the U.S. NRC-certified AP600 and System 80+ plant designs. Both of these designs focused heavily on plant simplification, enhanced safety, and improved operations. Today, Westinghouse, with its eight AP1000 plants under construction in China and the United States, is the leader in the new plant market. Your nuclear power plant project will benefit from the experience and knowledge Westinghouse has gained from construction of these units and our well established and advanced construction delivery system will promote delivery and construction certainty.
One of the major advantages of the AP1000 plant is that it uses modern, modular-construction techniques. The design incorporates vendor-designed skids and equipment packages, as well as large, multi-ton structural modules and special-equipment modules. Modularization allows construction tasks that were traditionally performed in sequence to be completed in parallel. The modular design promotes efficient site construction, including a shortened construction schedule; reduced field manpower, yielding reduced site congestion and increased site safety; and improved quality through off-site pre‑testing and inspection, yielding less rework.
As a nuclear partner on your new plant project, Westinghouse will commit to localization of major equipment and engineering services. The strategy behind our Buy Where We Build™ approach is to look for opportunities where we can maximize the use of local resources. Those opportunities go beyond civil construction, since many countries have a highly capable, in-country nuclear supplier network. Our aim is to qualify, under stringent quality requirements, as many suppliers in all countries and regions in which we do business. Our Buy Where We Build™ business model is an economic stimulus package in and of itself through its ability to generate thousands of long-term, well-paying jobs throughout the regions in which we conduct business.
Westinghouse – together with our owner and conventional island supplier Toshiba Corporation, major in-country suppliers, and a highly reputable construction partner – stands ready to deliver your new power plant project.