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Proposed nuclear plant could bring thousands of jobs to Wyoming | Energy Journal

Gov. Mark Gordon announced plans to team with Bill Gates’ nuclear energy company to bring a nuclear power plant, seen here, to Wyoming. The small modular reactor will make use of a molten salt energy storage system.

The Natrium nuclear power plant proposed for Wyoming could create 2,000 to 3,000 construction jobs and 300 to 400 permanent positions for workers in the community ultimately selected for development, a project official told state lawmakers Friday.

TerraPower intends to prioritize hiring local workers, particularly those currently employed by the closing coal plant where the project will be sited, Jeff Nevin, the company’s director of external affairs, told the Wyoming Legislature’s Minerals Committee.

“We think a lot of those jobs are going to transfer. It takes a lot of skill to operate a 21st-century coal plant,” Nevin said.

While Nevin did not give an estimate of the number of local jobs that will be created during construction or operation, he said that TerraPower will work with unions and workforce development agencies at the state and federal levels to ensure local workers have the skills needed to run the nuclear plant.

“Our intention is to hire as many people as we can locally,” he said.

Wyoming announced a new modular nuclear power facility in conjunction with TerraPower, a company co-founded by Bill Gates, Rocky Mountain Power and the U.S. Department of Energy. The facility will use Natrium molten sodium technology and will be the first of its kind. It’s expected to replace one of Wyoming’s coal-fired plants and may help the state reach Gov. Mark Gordon’s goal to be carbon neutral or carbon-negative while still using fossil fuels.

Gov. Mark Gordon on June 2 announced plans to build the first in a new generation of nuclear power plants in Wyoming. The state will work with the Department of Energy, utility PacifiCorp and Bill Gate’s TerraPower nuclear firm on the venture. The reactor is expected to go online in mid-2028 and produce 345 megawatts of electricity.

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2021-06-25 12:01:00

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