Japan’s nuclear disaster has pushed new debate and pause on global nuclear power development, but few nations are canceling projects. Photo: AP Images The Chinese government has called for a revision of nuclear plant safety standards as the country continues its push to develop 80 gigawatts of capacity by 2020. Related Links: Life After Fukushima Beyond the Nuclear Nightmare: Quake Takes a Daunting Toll Citing concerns over Fukushima Daiichi, China called for a timeout March 16 in developing the world’s largest nuclear fleet (see chart) to revise safety standards. The announcement could affect four AP 1000-design units being built by
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.