[ RadSafe ] Westinghouse gets landmark nuclear deal
Brennan, Mike (DOH)
Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Thu Apr 10 11:03:43 CDT 2008
Speaking as someone who lives in Washington State, where the WPPSS
debacle still casts a shadow over any discussion of nuclear power,
Westinghouse and ALL contractor participating in the "nuclear
renaissance" need to focus on maximizing value given for dollars
received, not dollars received for value given, as was the business
model before. Otherwise another dark age will descend upon the land.
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of Dustin G Miller
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 6:00 AM
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Westinghouse gets landmark nuclear deal
Westinghouse gets landmark nuclear deal
By <mailto:tolson at tribweb.com> Thomas Olson TRIBUNE-REVIEW Wednesday,
April 9, 2008
Westinghouse Electric Co. on Tuesday landed the first contract for a new
nuclear power plant in the United States in 30 years.
The Monroeville company agreed to supply Georgia Power with two AP1000
nuclear power plants for a site near Waynesboro, Ga. Also signing the
engineering, procurement and construction contract was The Shaw Group,
which owns 20 percent of Westinghouse.
"Today, the long-awaited nuclear renaissance in the United States has
dawned," said Westinghouse chief executive Steve Tritch in a memo
announcing the contract to employees.
Similar deals are likely to follow. American electric utilities have
committed to acquiring at least 14 AP1000 reactor units from
Westinghouse, according to plans filed with the U.S. Nuclear Power
"Agreements like this one announced today with Georgia Power will also
ensure that the United States will have the power it will need to
support long-term economic growth," Tritch said.
The two AP1000 units are expected to be placed in service in 2016 and
2017, pending final certification by the Georgia Public Service
Commission, said The Shaw Group.
The AP1000 is a pressurized water reactor with a more streamlined and
efficient design than previous power plants and more economical to
operate, Westinghouse said. One unit can produce enough electricity for
more than 800,000 homes.
The Shaw Group, of Baton Rouge, La., will construct the power plant at
the Alvin W. Vogtle site in northeast Georgia, south of Augusta.
Westinghouse will provide the plant design, components and nuclear fuel.
The companies declined to give the value of the Georgia Power contract.
Tritch was in Georgia for the contract signing, which occurred about 5
p.m., and not available for further comment
The contract won't add more jobs at Westinghouse, but it will help
perpetuate the company's pace of hiring, said spokesman Vaughn Gilbert.
Westinghouse hired about 1,300 workers last year and will continue to
add "several hundred more" a year for several more years, he said.
Westinghouse expects to create 1,000 to 2,000 jobs by 2016. The company
employs more than 10,000 worldwide, including 4,000 in the region. To
house the growth, Westinghouse plans to move its campus from Monroeville
to a larger facility in Cranberry early next year.
Much of the corporation's newfound growth has been driven by China.
Westinghouse signed a $5.3 billion contract in July to build four
nuclear reactors for that nation to supply its burgeoning power needs.
"We're actually ahead of schedule there," Gilbert said. "We started
clearing the ground a month ago, and engineering is under way. We'll
officially begin construction in 2009."
Last week, South Carolina Electric & Gas agreed to have Westinghouse and
The Shaw Group purchase materials for two Westinghouse reactors that the
utility would use in a power plant that could be placed into service in
Thomas Olson can be reached at tolson at tribweb.com or 412-320-7854.
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