Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

China Gives OK to Load Nuclear Fuel into Reactor Westinghouse Plant Closer to Startup

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

China Gives OK to Load Nuclear Fuel into Reactor Westinghouse Plant Closer to Startup

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Westinghouse Electric Co.'s first AP1000 nuclear power plant inched a step closer to producing electricity as Chinese regulators approved loading nuclear fuel into the newly built reactor on China's eastern coast.

The green light will launch a process of final testing - connecting the new power plant to the grid and slowly ramping it up for commercial operation. The process is likely to take months.

For Cranberry-based Westinghouse - which declared bankruptcy last year after construction on AP1000 plants in the U.S. overwhelmed its finances - the startup of its first plant in China is a much welcomed boost, especially after Chinese regulators had delayed approval of the fuel load, citing unspecified safety concerns.

Construction on the world's first AP1000 plant in Sanmen began in 2008. Like the American projects, it, too, suffered delays and cost overruns. …

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