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U.S. Energy Secretary Assures India, Westinghouse Will Build Four Nuclear Power Plants

April 18, 2018 (EIRNS)—Speaking to reporters in New Delhi yesterday, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry reaffirmed Westinghouse’s commitment and ability to honor its contract to build six nuclear plants in India. The U.S. and India, it was announced, will also “deepen cooperation on oil and gas, power, renewable energy and coal,” Reuters reports. During the press conference with India Oil and Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, they released a joint statement reaffirming “their strong commitment to early and full implementation of our civil nuclear partnership.” The bankruptcy of Westinghouse last year had caused concern on the part of the Indian government. The nuclear giant is to build six reactors in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

“Nobody in the world makes better reactors than Westinghouse,” Perry said, following a meeting with Minister Pradhan. In fact, about half of the operating reactors in the world were built by Westinghouse. Perry said that now Westinghouse is “lean and mean and ready to go to work.”

Perry and Pradhan also “noted with appreciation the growing investment of Indian companies in the United States.”