Westinghouse Electric has issued a lockout notice to 172 union employees at its New Hampshire nuclear reactor manufacturing facility as a result of a stalemate in negotiations. The lockout, which took effect May 21, applies to members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers. The factory in question makes parts for Westinghouse’s AP1000 reactor, the technology slated to be used in long-delayed nuclear projects in Georgia and South Carolina. Westinghouse said it plans to use “non-represented Westinghouse employees” to keep the factory running and would also use other facilities to meet customer commitments.
Utility Dive 24th May 2017 read more »
Whether SCANA and Santee Cooper complete two nuclear reactors may depend on whether a deadline is extended for the companies to gain more than $2 billion in federal tax credits that would help pay for the financially troubled project. But an effort to extend the deadline has stalled, and it’s questionable whether Congress will take action before the companies make a final decision on the project’s future. Without the tax credit, it would be more difficult to finance the project that already is in trouble because its chief contractor, Westinghouse, is in bankruptcy, utility officials acknowledge. Santee Cooper and SCE&G, a subsidiary of SCANA, have until June 26 to complete an assessment on whether the nuclear expansion work is worth continuing.
The State 22nd May 2017 read more »