Washington — US nuclear energy developers met President Donald Trump on Tuesday and asked for help winning contracts to build power plants in the Middle East and elsewhere overseas. “There is competition around the globe, and we want to be part of it,” said Chris Crane, CEO of Exelon, the largest US operator of nuclear plants, following the meeting at the White House. The push comes as developers seek US government approval of next-generation advanced and small modular nuclear reactors — and the administration’s help in selling their products to the world. The International Atomic Energy Agency predicts that about 554 gigawatt of nuclear electric generating capacity will come online by 2030, a 42% increase over current levels. The White House meeting included representatives from a range of nuclear developers, including NuScale Power, TerraPower, Westinghouse Electric and General Electric, as well as supplier Centrus Energy Corp and other companies. It was initiated by Jack Keane, a...

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