Earlier this month, Power Engineering magazine ran a piece titled "Tattered Renaissance," detailing the molasses-like pace of progress on the new nuclear construction front. This key line from the article really sums up the current quagmire:
"The economic downturn, low prices for natural gas, low forward power prices, steep capital costs and the slow pace of the loan guarantee awards have conspired to moderate the appetite for new nuclear power in many markets."
Other than that, things are perfect.
The Calvert Cliffs 3 project is one example of a project facing big challenges. Constellation Energy
This week, STP saw a significant shakeup, with Shaw Group
Shaw's new partnership mirrors the one already struck with Toshiba-controlled Westinghouse, the designer of AP1000 reactors. This marks a major increase in the firm's potential global nuclear footprint, as Toshiba pursues construction contracts around the world.
The U.S. may be seeing little traction for new nuclear plants today, but there's plenty of activity abroad. I think the implications for Shaw's future book of business are more significant than this week's modest reaction in the share price would indicate. For that reason, I'm heading over to Motley Fool CAPS and making an outperform call on the stock, which trades at a little over $32 today. Follow me over there, see what other Fools have to say about this company, and make a call of your own.
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