Westinghouse Electric Company and Blue Castle Holdings, a US energy infrastructure development company, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development of two new AP1000 nuclear units in the state of Utah, Westinghouse said in a statement.
Westinghouse said the two units are planned for a new site called Green River, where substantial uranium deposits were mined from the 1940s until the 1960s.
Under the agreement, the companies will cooperate on all activities related to the new-build project, from nuclear safety licensing, through engineering and procurement, to commissioning and start-up. Cooperation is also foreseen on nuclear fuel, refuelling, operation, and maintenance.
Westinghouse also said more than 2,500 jobs are expected to be created for the construction of the two units. After commissioning, the station will require about 1,000 full-time personnel for its 60-year operational lifetime.
There are eight Westinghouse AP1000 reactors under construction in the world. Four are in the US, at Vogtle and V.C. Summer, and four are in China, at Sanmen and Haiyang.
Westinghouse has also signed shareholder agreements for the construction of three units at the Moorside site in the United Kingdom and one unit at Kozloduy in Bulgaria.