J. Jones Construction, 1971-1981
Arthur Xavier was born in Trinidad in 1941. The son of an engineer, Arthur went on to study at the University of the West Indies before moving to New York City and later Gary, Indiana in 1963 where he worked in a steel mill. After returning to NYC, Arthur was employed at Chas. H. Sells where he quickly discovered a major engineering flaw in a bridge construction project. This catapulted his career. He learned about Indian Point and was soon hired as a construction engineer directly responsible for the construction of the containment domes for Unit 2 and Unit 3. During the mid to late 1970s, he went on to work at many nuclear power plants around the world including: Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (Philippines), Jushan Nuclear Power Plant (Taiwan), Fast Flux Test Facility (WA), Krsko Nuclear Powerplant (Yugoslavia) among many others. During the 1980s he left the nuclear construction industry to work with Aramco in Saudi Arabia. This interview gives a first-hand account of Indian Point’s construction along with that of many other nuclear reactors across the globe.