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B&W introduces scalable, practical nuclear energy

10 June 2009

The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) plans to deploy a North American-manufactured, scalable nuclear reactor using its unique history of more than 50 years of continuous reactor engineering and manufacturing. The B&W mPowerTM reactor design is a passively safe Advanced Light Water Reactor (ALWR) with a below-ground containment structure. This optimized ALWR represents true Generation III++ nuclear technology that B&W believes can be certified, manufactured and operated within today's existing U.S. regulatory, industrial supply chain and utility operational infrastructure. B&W is a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc.

The new reactor will incorporate important design and operational attributes that will make it attractive for both existing nuclear operating utilities as well as other customers seeking to diversify their power generation portfolio. 

"When we started looking at the best way to match up B&W's nuclear manufacturing, engineering and licensing expertise with the emerging needs of the commercial nuclear renaissance, it was clear that we could lead the scalable, modular reactor field," said Brandon Bethards, Chief Executive Officer of B&W. "As it comes to market, we believe this product will further enhance B&W's value to our customers."

B&W has formed a new business unit, B&W Modular Nuclear Energy, LLC, to lead the development, licensing and delivery of B&W mPower reactor projects. Christofer Mowry has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of B&W Modular Nuclear Energy, LLC. "Several technical and manufacturing innovations make this reactor a potential game-changer for the global clean energy market," said Mowry. "We have attracted substantial customer involvement as we progress through important product configuration decisions. We believe this reactor will offer a practical, affordable near-term solution to the world's growing demand for the clean, zero-emission operations base load power necessary to support the emergence of renewable energy solutions. This program has the potential to lead to more high-value engineering and manufacturing activity in our country, particularly at our facilities in Virginia, Ohio and Indiana, and also at our subsidiary in Canada."

B&W has notified the NRC of its intent to submit an application for design certification of the reactor in 2011. The company has also assembled a global team of potential future customers to support the development of the reactor to make sure it meets customer and regulatory requirements in North America, Europe and elsewhere. A Letter of Intent has been received from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to begin the process of evaluating a potential lead plant site for the B&W mPower reactor. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by B&W, TVA and a consortium of regional municipal and cooperative utilities to explore the construction of a fleet of B&W mPower reactors to meet the consortium's need to diversify its power generation assets.

About B&W

The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W), a major operating subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc., is a leader in advanced energy technology innovation and service, primarily in nuclear and fossil power. Providing quality products and technical services to commercial and government customers, B&W is focused on issues such as energy efficiency, clean air, global market competitiveness, and safe and secure resolution for nuclear waste. B&W has locations worldwide and employs more than 20,000 people. Visit us on the web at www.babcock.com.


Jud Simmons
The Babcock & Wilcox Company
Phone: 434.522.6462