"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Nuclear Power Race under starters orders.

Westinghouse Pleased With Selection of AP1000 Nuclear Technology for Potential Expansion at Plant Vogtle
PITTSBURGH, /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Electric Company
President and CEO Steve Tritch said today that he and Westinghouse employees
throughout the world are pleased with the selection of the AP1000 as the
technology of choice for potential new nuclear plants at the Alvin W. Vogtle
Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga.
The selection of the AP1000 was announced earlier today by Georgia Power
and Southern Nuclear Operating Company, which operates the plant for a number
of co-owners, including Georgia Power. Southern Nuclear and Georgia Power are
subsidiaries of Southern Company.
"The decision to pursue an Early Site Permit (ESP) and a Combined
Construction and Operating License (COL) for the Plant Vogtle site is the most
recent in a series of positive steps toward a nuclear renaissance in the
United States," Mr. Tritch said. "Southern Company has always been a
progressive force in our industry, and we are both pleased and excited to be
able to now work with such a long-term and valued customer in the new plant
The AP1000 received Design Certification from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission on Dec. 31, 2005. It is the only Generation III+ nuclear power
plant to have received either Final Design Approval or Design Certification
from the NRC.
Earlier this week, Progress Energy announced that it had selected the
AP1000 as the technology for possible new plants at the Harris Nuclear Pant
site near New Hill, N.C.
Duke Power announced in October, 2005 that it would pursue a Combined
Construction and Operating License for two AP1000s at a still-to-be-determined
site. In September 2005, NuStart, the nation's largest consortium of nuclear
power companies, selected TVA's Bellefonte Nuclear Plant site for a COL
application for the AP1000.
Westinghouse believes the AP1000 is ideally suited for the worldwide
nuclear power marketplace. The AP1000 is:

- The safest, most advanced, yet proven nuclear power plant currently
available in the worldwide marketplace (conservative probabilistic risk
assessment (PRA): core damage frequency potential at negligible
- Based on standard Westinghouse pressurized water reactor (PWR)
technology that has achieved more than 2,500 reactor years of highly
successful operation
- An 1100MWe design that is ideal for providing baseload generating
- Modular in design, promoting ready standardization and high
construction quality
- Economical to construct and maintain (less concrete and steel and fewer
components and systems mean there is less to install, inspect and
- Designed to promote ease of operation (features most advanced
instrumentation and control (I&C) in the industry)

For more information about the Westinghouse AP1000, visit its Web site at
http://www.ap1000.westinghousenuclear.com. For images of the AP1000, visit

Westinghouse Electric Company is the world's pioneering nuclear power
company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies
to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world's first
PWR in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa. 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

Interesting Fact. The Folks who make the Predator UAV that was so succesful inkilling mums and their kids on the Pakistani border have another side to their business... Mining Uranium. That is called covering all the bases, well the ones that matter.

1 comment:

James Aach said...

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