Shaw Group has won a $197m contract from Entergy Operation to provide extended power uprate (EPU) plant modifications at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Mississippi. The new contract follows a phase one EPU assessment conducted by Shaw’s nuclear engineering team.

As per the new contract, Shaw will provide engineering, procurement and construction services designed to add approximately 178MW of power generation to Grand Gulf Nuclear Station. Engineering and procurement are underway with construction to follow to install plant modifications in spring 2012.

The contract will be included in Shaw’s Fossil, Renewables & Nuclear segment’s backlog of unfilled orders in the third quarter of fiscal year 2010.

Shaw subsidiaries have provided engineering or maintenance services to nuclear power plants owned or purchased by Entergy since 1973. Shaw’s maintenance contract with Entergy expanded in 2003 and was renewed in 2009 to provide fleetwide nuclear maintenance, modifications and capital construction services to Entergy.

Fred Buckman, president of Shaw’s Power Group, said: “Our long history of nuclear engineering experience combined with our outstanding nuclear maintenance performance places Shaw in the best position to respond to industry demand to provide more energy.”