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Shaw Replaces Fluor on Two New Nuke Projects in Texas

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Developers of two new nuclear reactors in Bay City, Texas, have replaced Irving, Texas-based Fluor Corp. with Baton Rouge, La.-based The Shaw Group as partners in an engineering procurement and construction consortium with Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corp. Nuclear Innovation North America LLC, a company created by Princeton, N.J.-based NRG Energy Inc. and Toshiba Corp., made the announcement on Nov. 29. Nuclear Innovation plans to expand the South Texas Project nuclear facility with two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors that can supply 2,700 MW of power; it is the first site to use that reactor design. The project is expected to receive a combined operating license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2012 and have units online by 2016 and 2017. The group is waiting on word of a federal loan guarantee for the project. Shaw is providing a $100-million credit facility to assist in financing the project. Fluor, which was EPC contractor for the units since 2007, said it has declined to make substantial cash investment in the project. Fluor says it has not taken any of the expected revenue for the project into its backlog. Shaw has a contract to build six other AP1000 units in the U.S.

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