South Texas Project nuclear power expansion strikes labor agreement

New York City, April 9, 2010 – Nuclear Innovation North America, the nuclear development company jointly owned by NRG Energy and Toshiba Corp., reached an agreement with the AFL-CIO to provide skilled union labor to construct the two new nuclear units at the South Texas Project.

About 6,000 people will work up to 25 million hours to build the new units, STP 3&4. Construction of the new units is expected to begin in 2012, once the expansion receives its Combined License from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and should last five years with unit 3 coming online in 2016 and unit 4 in 2017.

“New nuclear construction at STP will be an integral part of the American nuclear renaissance and rebuilding the nation’s energy infrastructure,” said Steve Winn, Chief Executive Officer of NINA. “Clean reliable nuclear energy is key to meeting the environmental challenges we face as well as reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign energy. To ensure we can achieve these important goals and can build STP 3&4 and the many new nuclear units to follow, it is critical that we have a skilled pool of American workers. This agreement and the skilled labor it represents will help make that possible.”

A 2010 economic study conducted by The Perryman Group, a Texas economic and financial analysis firm, estimates construction of STP 3&4 will generate more than $15 billion in business activity in America as well as $3.6 billion in spending and $600 million in local and state revenues annually once the two units are operational.

The new units will not emit any greenhouse gases, avoiding emissions of almost 22 million tons of carbon dioxide as well as thousands of tons of sulfur, nitrogen and other emissions every year when compared with traditional fossil-fueled plants.

In 2009, generation from the existing STP site delivered the most power of any two-unit nuclear site in the country for the sixth year in a row.

The STP expansion will use Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) technology, the only Nuclear Regulatory Commission-certified design that is fully engineered with a history of on-time, on-budget construction and superior operating results upon startup.

NINA’s Engineering, Procurement and Construction Contractor, Toshiba, has experience building ABWR units in Asia where they have operated for more than a decade.

Nuclear Innovation North America (NINA) is a partnership between NRG Energy (88 percent) and Toshiba (12 percent) focused on developing new nuclear expansion projects using ABWR technology.

NINA is developing the 2,700 MW South Texas Project expansion through the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company. NINA is also exploring other development opportunities to employ ABWR in additional projects across North America.

 

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