Westinghouse Electric is expecting additional orders for its third-generation AP1000 reactors from China, following the sale of four such units three years ago, to the country.
Westinghouse’s president for Asia Jack Allen told Bloomberg that there will be more orders for AP1000s and the success of the current ones will determine the numbers.
Under a 2007 accord, Westinghouse is jointly building four AP1000 reactors with firms led by China National Nuclear and has transferred nuclear technology for lasting partnership with future rivals.
“While I respect that China will be a very strong competitor, I believe they will also be a strong partner for us,” Allen said.
The AP1000 is the safest and most economical nuclear power plant and the only Generation III+ reactor to receive Design Certification from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Westinghouse claims.
Presently, China’s existing nuclear power units use second-generation technology and the country plans at least 60 new reactors by 2020.