Westinghouse announces potential for two nuclear plants in Utah

Westinghouse Electric Co.’s AP1000 nuclear reactors may make their first appearance in the western part of the U.S. by 2024.

The Blue Castle Project in Utah has signed an agreement with the Cranberry-based nuclear firm to develop a plan to bring two new reactors online at the Green River site in Utah within the next decade.

These would be the fifth and sixth AP1000 reactors commissioned in the U.S. Four AP1000 plants are under construction — two in South Carolina and two in Georgia. Another four are being built in China.

In July, Westinghouse announced it would pursue approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a special seismic option for its AP1000 design to be used at sites with higher than normal earthquake risk. 

At the time, the company said it was in touch with West Coast clients who cheered the option, but it declined to name specific customers.

The area of Utah where the Blue Castle plants would be located has an elevated seismic profile, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Blue Castle Holdings Inc., the parent company developing the nuclear project, is a Utah-based energy infrastructure development company.

Anya Litvak: alitvak@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1455.


First Published August 20, 2014 3:55 PM

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