Westinghouse Completes Successful Final Design Review and Prototype Testing of AP1000(TM) Squib Valves — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
August 7, 2010

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Westinghouse Completes Successful Final Design Review and Prototype Testing of AP1000(TM) Squib Valves

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Westinghouse Electric Company LLC announced today that it has successfully completed the Final Design Review of the AP1000(TM) squib valves. Representatives from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and AP1000(TM) utility customers were in attendance during the Final Design Review.

Westinghouse has also successfully completed prototype testing of the AP1000(TM) squib valves and has begun the manufacturing process.

These steps mark important milestones for the design of AP1000(TM) squib valves. These valves will ensure plant safety and operation in the Westinghouse AP1000(TM) nuclear power plants. The first Westinghouse AP1000(TM) plants are currently under construction in China, and future AP1000(TM) plants will begin construction in the U.S.

AP1000(TM) Squib Valves

The highly reliable squib technology is used in aerospace and Department of Defense applications. It was selected to further enhance the AP1000(TM) Passive Cooling System to make the AP1000(TM) the safest and most advanced nuclear power plant in the world. The twelve highly specialized squib valves found in each AP1000(TM) nuclear power plant are being manufactured by SPX Corporation for Westinghouse Electric Company.

Westinghouse Electric Company LLC

With 15,000 employees worldwide, Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, 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 employs more than 9,000 employees in the U.S., with over 4,000 currently involved in nuclear manufacturing activities through six states. In 1957, Westinghouse supplied the world’s first PWR in the Western Pennsylvania town of Shippingport. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world’s operating nuclear plants, including 60 percent of those in the United States and 40 percent worldwide.

Source: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC

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