The big news since Shane and I last talked is the announcement by a Texan named George Chapman of the formation of Amarillo Power and its plans to build two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWR) near Amarillo Texas. Shane questions the location based on his frequent drives through the area. Water might be an issue, but there are probably solutions that are not readily visible. Customer location is also a question. However, the indications are that Mr. Chapman is a serious, experienced businessman with a plan. He once worked for Bechtel and helped to build the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station as a welder in his younger days.
I also talk quite a bit about the discussions going on at the American Nuclear Society Utility Working Conference at Amelia Island. Lots of positive talk about new nuclear plant construction and the amount of work – translate that as jobs – that will need to be done in order to rebuild the infrastructure for manufacturing reactors and their components.
Here are some links to the stories we mention in the show about the Amarillo Power ABWR project.