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Westinghouse to prepare plans for Darlington nuclear plant in UK

27 Jul 2012

Westinghouse Electric Company said it will prepare detailed construction plans and cost estimates for two AP1000 reactors based nuclear plant for Ontario Power Generation (OPG) at the latter's Darlington site in UK.


Westinghouse's effort is expected to provide input in helping the Province of Ontario determine the option of baseload generation that is best suitable for Ontario's taxpayers.

Westinghouse Americas president Joe Zwetolitz said the company is participating in the Province's information-gathering process for the establishment of the nuclear plants.

"Should the Province select our AP1000 as the preferred option, we believe that Ontario's infrastructure could become even more energy self-sufficient, creating local Canadian jobs during construction and opportunities for involving Canadian suppliers on this and future nuclear projects elsewhere in the world," Zwetolitz added.

Westinghouse said the two-unit AP1000 nuclear plant will require up to 700 employees for operate, following the completion of construction at the plant.

Westinghouse has also opened its Canadian entity the Westinghouse Electric Canada in Toronto in order enhance its presence in the country and play a key role in the Canadian new build market.

"With the opening of the Westinghouse Canada office in Toronto, we now have become more a part of Canada's viable nuclear energy industry," Zwetolitz said.