From VirginiaBusiness.com, reporting on yesterday’s big event for Virginia, manufacturing, and the future of the nuclear energy industry in the United States, “Areva, Northrop Grumman break ground on $363 million nuclear component plant“:
Calling it a significant step for the resurgence of nuclear power in the U.S, the CEO and chairman of France-based Areva NC joined 200 business and government leaders in Newport News this evening to break ground on the building of the first new nuclear component plant in the U.S. in 35 years.
Wearing a beige suit, Anne Lauvergeon stood out from the group of men wielding the silver shovels. “We intend to build a lot of new reactors in the U. S. We believe in the North American markets and the workforce,” she said. The more than 500 skilled manufacturing jobs that will eventually be created by the plant will go to American workers and not overseas, she said to applause.
Areva is partnering with Northrop Grumman to build a $363 million, 330,000-square-foot plant on land adjacent to the shipyard. Lauvergeon said in an interview with Virginia Business that the expertise of shipyard workers in building nuclear ships and the proximity to the Port of Virginia—where the heavy components can be shipped overseas—were key reasons why Areva chose Newport News for the project.
Note the infrastructure and trade angle. More from WAVY-TV, with good information about the workforce angle:
Skilled craft workers from Northrop’s Shipbuilding sector will help build steam generators and reactor vessels, and they have plenty of experience from more than a half century of building nuclear vessels for the Navy.
“Here at the shipyard our talented shipbuilders can build anything,” beamed Mike Petters, President of Northrup Grumman Shipbuilding.
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