First AP1000 will start November 2013

The AP1000 nuclear reactor, is expected to start functioning in November 2013 at the Sanmen Nuclear Power Station in China, says Gary T. Urquhart, vice president and MD of Westinghouse for India, South East Asia and the Taiwan region. The remaining three will start functioning at intervals of six months with the fourth one attaining criticality in 2015. The AP1000 will generate 1100 Megawatts. Two will be constructed at Haiyang and two at Sanmen.

At present, China has 14 nuclear reactors in four sites and 27 are under construction. The current share of nuclear power in China is a mere one percent as against four percent in India. This is set to change, as China is planning to increase its nuclear fraction to six percent by 2020.

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