Westinghouse Electric Company has awarded Emerson Process Management contracts to supply its Ovation™ control technology at four new Westinghouse AP1000™ nuclear reactors in China. The award continues a long relationship between the two companies, with the Ovation control system or its predecessors already installed at most existing Westinghouse nuclear reactors.
The new reactors will help China cleanly, efficiently, and safely generate additional baseload electricity to meet the country’s needs, which are growing at more than 8 percent per year, according to the World Nuclear Association.
Emerson’s Ovation system will be installed at the Sanmen Nuclear Power Plant in Zhejiang Province and at the Haiyang Nuclear Power Plant in Shandong Province. Each plant has two 1,000-megawatt reactors currently under construction, with more units planned. The first Sanmen unit is scheduled to come online in 2013; the first Haiyang unit is expected to begin commercial operation one year later.
For these units, Ovation technology will control power generation processes, provide an interface to operations and maintenance systems, and collect and distribute plantwide information for process and power generation management. Under separate contracts awarded previously, Emerson also is providing Fisher® control valves, TopWorx™ position sensors, and Bettis™ valve actuators for the Sanmen and Haiyang units.
“We are pleased to be part of the Sanmen and Haiyang projects,” said Steve Sonnenberg, president, Emerson Process Management. “With our agreement to provide technology for automating AP1000 nuclear reactors and the growing market for nuclear power, we look forward to working with Westinghouse on additional installations in the near future.”