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Westinghouse confirms Shaw Group/Laing O’Rourke team for UK new nuclear programme

Westinghouse Electric Company has confirmed it will team with a consortium of US construction giant Shaw Group and Laing O’Rourke as the constructor for the pursuit of new nuclear plant business in the United Kingdom.

The selection of this partnership to work with Westinghouse followed a formal and detailed analysis designed to ensure that the Westinghouse team will be best positioned to win contracts to deploy AP1000 nuclear power plants in the United Kingdom in a timely, economical and efficient manner.

Westinghouse Nuclear Power Plants senior vice president Ricardo Pérez said the selection of Shaw and Laing O’Rourke was based on a number of factors, including the strong relationship Westinghouse and Shaw have built over decades of mutually beneficial and supportive work in the commercial nuclear power industry.

“Teaming together to provide AP1000s in the United Kingdom will enable us to build upon our success in China, where Shaw and Westinghouse are working together to bring the first of four AP1000s on line in 2013,” he said. “We are also teamed with Shaw to provide no fewer than 14 AP1000s in the United States, including six for which EPC contracts have already been signed.”

Westinghouse and Shaw have been working together since the mid 1950s when the two companies were instrumental in building the world’s first commercial nuclear power plant using a pressurized water reactor in Shippingport near Pittsburgh.

“Through its legacy companies, Shaw has been operating in the United Kingdom for well over 100 years. We have been involved in constructing power plants throughout the country and remain committed to our local presence and employees,” said Shaw chairman and chief executive J.M. Bernhard Junior. “The continued teaming with Westinghouse and Laing O’Rourke allows us tremendous construction resources and immediate availability.”

Westinghouse UK chief executive Mike Tynan said the inclusion of Laing O’Rourke in the construction consortium is consistent with the Westinghouse “Buy Where We Build” approach to business.

“Laing O’Rourke is not only the largest privately owned construction company in the United Kingdom, it is also one of the most respected in the global construction industry,” he said. “The addition of such an experienced UK-based company, and access to its existing UK supplier base, will certainly add value as we build AP1000s in the United Kingdom in a manner that is truly beneficial to all parties.”

Laing O’Rourke chairman and chief executive Ray O’Rourke said: “This very welcome decision is a tribute, above all, to the skills and dedication of the Laing O’Rourke teams whose hard work and diligence have created the reputation we enjoy for delivering for our clients.”

In the United Kingdom, work scope for the Shaw / Laing O’Rourke partnership will include engineering, procurement, construction and construction management.

Westinghouse, Shaw and Laing O’Rourke argue that the AP1000 is the safest, most advanced, yet proven nuclear power plant currently available in the worldwide marketplace. It is based on standard Westinghouse pressurized water reactor (PWR) technology that has achieved more than 3,000 reactor years of highly successful operation.

Westinghouse Electric Company is majority owned by Toshiba Corporation and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first PWR in 1957 in Shippingport. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world’s operating nuclear plants, including 60% of those in the United States.

Shaw Group is a major global provider of technology, engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, fabrication, manufacturing, consulting, remediation and facilities management services for government and private sector clients in the energy, chemicals, environmental, infrastructure and emergency response markets. A Fortune 500 company with annual revenues of $7.3bn, Shaw has approximately 28,000 employees at its offices and operations around the world. Shaw is the power sector industry leader according to Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms.

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