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Ross urges Seko to ensure Westinghouse completes nuclear plant construction

  • April 22, 2017
  • , Mainichi
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Saturday morning’s Mainichi claimed that during his meeting with Economic and Trade Minister Seko in Tokyo last week, Commerce Secretary Ross called for Toshiba to make sure that the ongoing construction of four nuclear reactors by its subsidiary Westinghouse in the U.S. is completed without fail. The paper claimed that the U.S. official was issuing a warning against the bankruptcy of the nuclear plant manufacturer having adverse effects on the U.S. economy.

 

In a related development, Sunday’s Mainichi reported on a phone interview with Southern Company CEO Fanning, who said that although the utility firm wants Westinghouse to continue the ongoing construction of its two nuclear reactors in Georgia, the initiative may be cancelled depending on future negotiations with the plant manufacturer and its parent company Toshiba. He also said he is convinced that the matter will be taken up in the bilateral economic dialogue in the context of deepening mutual cooperation in energy and infrastructure investment, adding that the initiative is an “important subject for the national interests of both nations.”

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