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Westinghouse still expecting worldwide new nuclear expansion

Nuclear reactor vendor Westinghouse said whilst events at Fukushima had caused a delay in new nuclear, its nuclear programme still remained on track.

Westinghouse chief executive and president Aris Candris said some of the firm’s plants had been delayed as a result of the Fukushima disaster in Japan, but was still confident of growth.

“There are two markets [for nuclear], developed which is the Europe and the USA, and developing, mainly China and India,” said Candris. “Even before Fukushima we anticipated most of our growth in the developing market.”

Candris said work was still ongoing on its four AP1000 reactors in China and the firm hope to get final confirmation for its two plants in the USA.

In the UK, Westinghouse is currently competing against Areva to be selected by nuclear new-build consortium Horizon for its site in Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey.

A decision is expected by the end of the year, however this has already been delayed by one year.


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