PITTSBURGH, July 26, 2013 – Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that its AP1000® pressurized water reactor has completed Phase 2 of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) Pre-Project Design Review.
The objective of a Pre-Project Design review is to verify, at a high level, the acceptability of a nuclear reactor design with respect to Canadian safety requirements and criteria, including the identification of fundamental barriers to licensing a new reactor design in Canada.
"Westinghouse is pleased to receive this Phase 2 report and views it as a significant step in bringing the AP1000 design to Canada," said Danny Roderick, Westinghouse president and CEO. "Canada is very familiar with the benefits of clean, safe and reliable nuclear power and Westinghouse is anxious to work within Canada's existing nuclear infrastructure to extend those benefits well into the 21st-century."
According to CNSC, the Phase 1 review involves an overall assessment of a presented conceptual reactor design against the most recent CNSC design requirements for new nuclear power plants in Canada. Phase 2 goes into further detail and focuses on identifying any potential fundamental barriers to licensing a reactor design in Canada.
For Phase 2, Westinghouse presented a completed AP1000 reactor design, providing a significantly higher level of assurance that the AP1000 design has taken into account Canadian regulatory requirements and expectations, safety analysis methodologies, and lessons learned from Fukushima. Additionally, as in the Phase 1 review, the Phase 2 review of the AP1000 reactor was conducted against all related CNSC regulatory documents and Canadian codes and standards.
The AP1000 plant is the first Generation III+ design to receive design certification from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In addition to the United States and Canada, the AP1000 plant has undergone detailed reviews in China and the United Kingdom. Eight AP1000 units are currently under construction worldwide, with four units each in the United States and in China.
Westinghouse continues to demonstrate the economic benefits of these projects in the locations where they are under construction and is interested in the bringing its AP1000 technology to Canada. More than 50 suppliers located in Ontario are already supporting these existing AP1000 projects.
Westinghouse believes the AP1000 is ideally suited for the worldwide 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)
Designed to promote ease of operation (features most advanced instrumentation and control (I&C) in the industry
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., U.S. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants.
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