Nuclear power plant construction projects create and sustain thousands of jobs across a wide range of industries.
It is estimated that the four plants that Westinghouse is currently building in China have created and sustained more than 20,000 jobs in the United States in more than 20 states.
One nuclear power plant requires 400,000 cubic yards of concrete, 66,000 tons of steel, 44 miles of piping, 300 miles of electric wiring, and 130,000 electrical components. That's quite a lot of jobs touching a number of industries! At the peak of construction as many as 3,500 construction workers are required.
Operating nuclear plants also have a positive economic impact. They typically employ about 600 well-paid workers who operate and maintain the plant. They in turn help to sustain the communities where they work and live as a consumer and tax payer.
At Westinghouse we Buy Where We Build™, which means that we source a significant portion of the materials and labor for the project close to or within the country where the plants are being built. This not only saves time and shipping costs, but it also helps to support local industry and labor.
With the continued development of new nuclear plants all around the world, the nuclear industry is expected to hire more than 20,000 workers over the next five years. Westinghouse is proud to play a key role in bringing a new generation of nuclear energy online to meet electricity demand and help reduce carbon emissions. The jobs that are created and sustained as a result are just another reason why nuclear energy is vital.
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