New plants are on the horizon! Plans for no less than thirteen (13) Combined Operating Licenses (COL’s) have been announced in 2005 with corresponding submittals to begin by 2007. Several utilities have announced intentions of breaking ground in 2010, meaning that heavy component orders will have to be placed as early as 2007! Industry analysts’ project that 100 new plants will be required in the next 25 years. With an average lead time of 10 years, the bulk of the new plant orders will have to be placed by not later than 2015. This equates to almost 8–9 new plant orders a year!!

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