The Shaw Group Inc. will provide technical support services for at least two new nuclear power units in China under an agreement with the government signed on Aug. 17. The Baton Rouge, La.-based engineer-contractor currently is building four of the AP1000 closed-loop pressurized water reactors in the country, along with its consortium partner, Westinghouse Electric Co. Photo: Courtesy of The Shaw Group In Zhejiang province, a module is placed at the Sanmen nuclear power-plant, one of six plants Shaw Group will build for China. Shaw’s services on the new AP1000 reactors at the Xianning nuclear powerplant project in Hubei province
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.