PITTSBURGH, July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it would prepare for Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) detailed construction plans, schedules and cost estimates for two potential AP1000 nuclear reactors at OPG's Darlington site. The plans and estimates would provide significant input in helping the Province of Ontario determine the baseload generation option that is best for Ontario's ratepayers.
"Westinghouse is pleased to participate in the Province's information-gathering process," said Joe Zwetolitz, president, Westinghouse Americas. "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."
As further evidence of a commitment to the Canadian new build market, and to better serve existing customers, strengthen ties with suppliers, and align Westinghouse more appropriately with the regulations and requirements of Canada to meet growing business opportunities, Westinghouse is also pleased to announce the opening of the Westinghouse Electric Canada, Inc. office in Toronto.
"The formation of a Canadian entity earlier this year was consistent with our strategy to increase business in the country," said Zwetolitz. "With the opening of the Westinghouse Canada office in Toronto, we now have become more a part of Canada's viable nuclear energy industry."
Approximately 100 Canadian suppliers currently provide a wide range of products and services for the Westinghouse product lines of Fuel, Services, Automation, and Nuclear Power Plants. Additionally, a large percentage of the scope for the potential construction of AP1000 reactor units at Darlington would be sourced from Ontario or elsewhere in Canada, resulting in the opportunity to work with and qualify additional Canadian businesses and manufacturers to participate in the potential new build at Darlington and in other global nuclear projects.
Four AP1000 units are currently under construction at two sites in China and four units are under construction at two sites in the U.S. At each of these four sites, upwards of 3,500 construction workers are employed during the peak of construction activities. Once construction is complete, operation of a two-unit AP1000 nuclear plant requires up to 700 employees.
Westinghouse Electric Company, 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 supplied the world's first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa., USA. 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.
SOURCE Westinghouse Electric Company