Westinghouse presents nuclear reactor proposal to Lithuanian prime minister
In China, four AP1000 plants are being built on time and on budget, with commercial operation slated for 2020
Pittsburgh, June 23, 2011 — Westinghouse Electric Co. presented its proposal for a new nuclear power plant at Visaginas to Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius and other senior officials in the country. The proposal is based around the company's AP1000 nuclear power plant.
By using 'passive safety' the AP1000 relies only on natural forces such as gravity and thermal convection to ensure the reactor is always in a safe condition. That means the plant is capable of withstanding any credible emergency event – including loss of all offsite power supplies, according to Westinghouse.
In China, four AP1000 plants are being built on time and on budget, with commercial operation slated for 2020.
Westinghouse supplied the world's first PWR in 1957 in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for about half of the world's operating nuclear plants.
The Westinghouse AP1000 reactor is a Generation III+ reactor design, and is well underway with licensing processes in the U.S. (where final approval is anticipated later in 2011) and the UK (where the reactor is one of two designs close to the end of the Generic Design Assessment process).