Hatch supports Westinghouse nuclear power plant program
June 7, 2010
Hatch has been retained by Westinghouse Electric Company to provide engineering and design services to assist in the development of construction drawings for the containment and auxiliary buildings for their AP1000™ pressurized-water-reactor (PWR) nuclear plant.
Each AP1000™ produces 1100 MW of electricity.
It is a modular design that uses 50 percent fewer valves, 35 percent fewer safety grade pumps, and 80 percent less piping than previous nuclear plants. It also features a passive safety design.
Six utilities have chosen the AP1000™ PWR for use in seven combined construction and operating license (COL) applications to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a total of 14 AP1000™ units, including six for which engineering, procurement and construction contracts have been signed. Additionally, four units are under construction at two sites in China, with the first unit to come on line in 2013.
Hatch will support Westinghouse’s structural, mechanical modules and structural modules groups for an 18-month period which began in February 2010.
The work will be performed in both Hatch’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office and Westinghouse’s Cranberry, Pennsylvania office.