What impact does the UAMPS CFPP Project have on Eastern Idaho Jobs?
The project will create a need for about ~1000 construction jobs at its peak, for about 2-3 years. The types of jobs are typical of nuclear construction: welders, riggers, pipefitters, masons, carpenters, millwrights, sheet metal workers, electricians, ironworkers, heavy equipment operators, engineering, planning, and security professionals to name a few. Many of these jobs will require specialized training and/or certification. UAMPS has not done a detailed analysis of this; the PST will watch for additional information in this regard.
Once the plant is operational full-time plant employment will be about 360 with average salaries of about $85,000. The skill sets and types of jobs would be typical of an operating nuclear plant: certified operators, electrical and mechanical maintenance, chemists, security, and administrative to name a few.
In addition to the direct benefit of additional employment in Eastern Idaho there are other indirect economic benefits and associated job multipliers. UAMPS indicates that preference for hiring local individuals will be exercised to the extent that the required skills and qualified personnel can be identified locally.
What is the impact on the state’s universities, colleges, or vocational training centers ?
NuScale has not yet studied of the impact of construction and operation of a NuScale Nuclear Power Plant on the state’s universities, colleges, or vocational training centers. However, the Nuclear Energy Institute estimates that 39 percent of the 2014 nuclear workforce will be eligible for retirement by 2018. This will create a replacement need for 20,000 new workers. This represents an opportunity for Idaho schools at all levels of career training. The availability of a new nuclear plant can bea springboard to Idaho becoming a key source for the engineers, scientists, and skilled trade labor needed to run and maintain America’snuclear fleet. Several programs such as this have been successfully deployed in association with other nuclear facilities 2 NuScale has a tradition of engaging in collaborative studies with national laboratories and universities in order to work towards solving problems such as workforce training and replacement. Having a nuclear plant nearby can only improve the nuclear engineering program at Idaho State University.
2 For example: https://bismarckstate.edu/uploads/25/nupt.pdf, http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article328389/Nuclear-utility-training-program-tucked-away-in-Missouri.html, and https://www.sccsc.edu/nuclear/ (programs developed with the support of Duke Energy)
What are the most likely or necessary supply chain opportunities for Idaho?
Although the reactor vendor, NuScale, has not yet begun to match local suppliers to its supply chain needs, there will be many and varied opportunities for local firms to participate. A NuScale 12 module plant consists of:
• Over 5000 tons of steel
• Over 39,000 valves
• Over 170,000 cubic yards of concrete
• Over 150,000 linear feet of pipe
• Over 12,000 instruments
• Over 1.5 million linear feet of conduit
• Over 48,000 linear feet of cable tray
• Over 7 million linear feet of wire and cable
• Over 500 miscellaneous electrical components
• Over 900 miscellaneous mechanical components
With a few extremely specialized exceptions, (e.g., the reactor fuel to be provided by Areva) NuScale and UAMPS have not committed to specific sources for any of the required equipment and material at this time. Therefore, qualified local suppliers will be able to compete on virtually all of these requirements. Much of these materials and the associated construction will have to meet the requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. UAMPS has not done a detailed analysis of this; the PST will watch for additional information in this regard.
At the owner/operator’s discretion, co-located facilities could include training and simulation facilities, equipment sub-assembly and maintenance facilities, and office/administration facilities.