We have designed and/or built more than half of the nuclear power plants in the United States

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Since the earliest commercial nuclear reactors, a half-century ago, Bechtel has played a pivotal role in every phase of the industry’s development. 

Bechtel has completed more than 74,000 megawatts of new nuclear generation capacity, and has performed engineering and/or construction services on more than 80 percent of nuclear plants in the United States and 150 worldwide. 

In addition, we have more than 2,200 nuclear professionals, which include approximately 150 internationally recognized technical specialists who have been published widely, and have participated in developing industry standards and guidelines.


We believe nuclear power is a critical part of generating low-carbon electricity for the future. Every year, nuclear-generated electricity in the United States alone prevents about 550 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions that would otherwise come from fossil fuels. That's the same as taking 117 million passenger vehicles off the road.

Nuclear is reliable, available 24/7/365, and is not dependent on wind or sunshine - which makes it an excellent source of baseload electricity alongside renewables. 

New-build and advanced reactors

Bechtel continues to play a critical role in the engineering and construction of current and future nuclear plants. We are completing construction of the two-reactor expansion of Plant Vogtle for customer Georgia Power in the southeastern United States - the only nuclear new-build construction project currently under way in the U.S.

Bechtel also engages with a number of visionary companies designing advanced nuclear reactors.

Major modifications

We have successfully completed 34 steam generator replacements, 11 reactor head replacements, 7 extended power uprates, and the first major underground pipe replacement in the nuclear industry.

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Nuclear Safety Center of Excellence

Our Nuclear Safety Center of Excellence leverages our 60+ years of nuclear project delivery to provide customers industry-leading nuclear safety expertise.

Our experts have extensive experience supporting licensing, safety analysis, and radiation protection for both existing reactor and advanced reactor technologies, including Gen III+/IV light water gigawatt and small modular reactors, as well as non-light water designs.

Learn more about the NSCE here.

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