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The world’s first nuclear-powered submarine has begun testing in waters off Australia’s northern coast.
Puget Sound Energy, based in Seattle, said the submarine was commissioned in May.
The vessel is about two miles long and weighs about 2,000 tons.
It will eventually go to sea, said Mike Meehan, Puget Sound’s chief operating officer.
“We’re in a very challenging economic environment and we need to get some help from the rest of the world,” he said.
Pugs Sound is one of several countries that are considering building new nuclear reactors to power their power plants, although they are still months away from construction.
In Australia, however, the nation’s nuclear fleet has been built and operates without major problems.
The United States is the world’s largest nuclear power producer with over 1,600 reactors.
The nuclear industry is worth about $US40 billion ($51 billion) and employs roughly 7,000 people in Australia.
The U.S. government recently put off the construction of new reactors for at least another decade and it has set a goal of building enough nuclear reactors in the next 10 years to replace all of the existing ones by 2030.
The goal is to be able to restart the country’s nuclear energy industry by 2031.