U.S.-based Westinghouse Electric Company Westinghouse announced Saturday the initial grid connection of the world's first AP1000 nuclear power plant located in Sanmen, Zhejiang Province, China,
Westinghouse Electric Company and its customers, China State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) and CNNC Sanmen Nuclear Power Company Limited (SMNPC) launched the Sanmen 1's turbine generator to begin initial connection to the electrical grid and began electricity generation.
"Today, we witness our first AP1000 plant, Sanmen 1, began its process of generating electricity and providing our customers in China with safe, reliable and clean energy," José Emeterio Gutiérrez, Westinghouse president and chief executive officer said in a statement.
The Sanmen 1 generator is capable of generating 1,117 megawatts of electricity at full power. "It is also the first of a fleet of four new AP1000 plants in eastern China to provide safe, reliable and environmentally-friendly energy for the next 60 or more years," according to the statement.
Westinghouse currently has six AP1000 nuclear power plants progressing through construction, testing and start-up. These projects include two units in Sanmen, in the Zhejiang Province of China, two units in Haiyang in the Shandong Province, as well as two units under construction at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Georgia, in the U.S.
By Huseyin Erdogan