Westinghouse Electric Company and State Nuclear Power Automation System Engineering Company (SNPAS), a joint venture between China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) and Shanghai Automation Instrumentation Corporation Ltd. (SAIC), announced the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement in Beijing, China on January 15 that marked the completion of negotiations on the Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Template Contract for future AP1000® nuclear power plant units in China.
This MOA paves the way for the two companies to jointly provide I&C systems for future China AP1000 plants. Four AP1000 units are under construction in China, including two each at the Sanmen and Haiyang sites.
The agreement outlines basic terms, conditions, division of responsibility and scope of work for AP1000 I&C projects in China. With the template contract complete, Westinghouse and SNPAS now will work toward project contracts.
“Westinghouse and SNPAS both are absolutely committed to providing I&C systems that will ensure the safe and efficient operation of AP1000 units in China,” said David Howell, senior vice president, Westinghouse Nuclear Automation. “This agreement demonstrates Westinghouse’s approach to deliver industry-leading global technology to our customers through partners, like SNPAS, who use the best local resources to enable long-term viability of the product for the life of the plants.”
“Through AP1000 projects, a sound cooperation relationship has developed between SNPAS and Westinghouse,” said Qiu Shaoyang, SNPAS general manager. “With this agreement, both parties cooperated to create a structure where SNPAS will become the I&C general contractor and Westinghouse will perform as the I&C major subcontractor. This shall provide I&C products and technical services of premium quality to future China AP1000 projects; further advance the localization progress of AP1000 third-generation I&C products; satisfy the demand for nuclear energy development and construction in China; and contribute to the global nuclear power industry’s evolution.”
Westinghouse believes the AP1000 is ideally suited for the global nuclear power marketplace. The AP1000 is:
- Based on standard Westinghouse pressurized water reactor (PWR) technology that has achieved more than 2,500 reactor years of highly successful operation;
- An 1100MWe design that is ideal for providing baseload generating capacity;
- Modular in design, promoting ready standardization and high construction quality;
- Economical to construct and maintain (less concrete and steel, and fewer components and systems mean there is less to install, inspect and maintain); and
- Designed to promote ease of operation (features the most advanced I&C in the industry).
SNPAS, as a subsidiary of SNPTC, established its main business scope ranges from I&C system development, design, production, integration, and configuration to life-circle services for nuclear power plant and relevant industrial applications. Currently SNPAS supplies I&C systems and equipment to the owners of the Sanmen and Haiyang plants in support of construction of the world’s first AP1000 units. Also, SNPAS is developing the I&C system for China’s large-scaled advanced pressurized water reactor nuclear power plant.
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. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants.
EDITORIAL NOTE: Cutline for the attached jpeg photo is as follows: State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation’s Qiu Shaoyang (center left), general manager, joins Westinghouse Electric Company’s Graham Cable (center right), vice president, Nuclear Automation, to celebrate the signing of a memorandum of agreement for the instrumentation and control contract for future China AP1000® nuclear power plant units. Photo: ©2013 SNPTC.