“Licensure of a nuclear plant is a highly significant achievement,” said Craig Albert, president of Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental business unit. “We applaud the decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and recognize it as a historic milestone for dependable, low-carbon electricity in the United States. Our congratulations go to the Tennessee Valley Authority and the thousands of construction, engineering, and technical staff who worked for years to reach this day. We look forward to fuel loading and the final steps still to come before the reactor begins providing electricity to the grid.”
Albert noted that nuclear energy will need to be part of the global energy mix. “To sustainably meet the world’s growing demands for low-carbon electricity, nuclear power must play a role in an all-of-the-above generation strategy,” Albert said.
Notable workforce achievements include:
- A 98-percent quality-control acceptance rate on the first inspection.
- An exceptional safety record, amassing at one time 33 million hours (nearly five years) without a day lost to injury.
- In June of this year, Watts Bar was the first U.S. plant to complete post-Fukushima safety upgrades and an inspection by the NRC.
- Unit 2 successfully completed the NRC’s operational readiness team inspection this summer.
Learn more about Watts Bar Unit 2.