When Westinghouse was hired to build four new reactors in South Carolina and Georgia, it touted its long history of designing state-of-the-art nuclear technology. It was a designer, yes, but not an experienced builder — a situation that put the entire company and its projects at risk, a confidential internal Westinghouse analysis predicted in 2011. Obtained by The Post and Courier, the analysis reportedly was sent to Westinghouse’s management and former chairman. It outlined how the company didn’t have the staff, structure or experience needed to manage the engineering and construction work required to build its new AP1000 reactors. It predicted the company could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in its quest to develop and build a new generation of nuclear power plants. And it also questioned the company’s decision not to use professional engineers to stamp and approve critical blueprints, a revelation The Post and Courier reported last week. Westinghouse officials declined to comment for this story.
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