NRC Issues Subsequent License Renewals for First Time to Nuclear Reactors in Florida

LCG, December 11, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff recently approved Florida Power & Light's (FPL's) application for an additional 20 years of operation for Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Units 3 and 4. This is the first time the NRC has issued renewed licenses authorizing reactor operation from 60 to 80 years. The subsequent (or second) license renewals (SLRs) for Turkey Point Unit 3 and Unit 4 now expire on July 19, 2052 and April 10, 2053, respectively.

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New York Poised to Close Last Coal-fire Power Plant

LCG, December 4, 2019--The last operating coal-fired power plant in New York is moving toward closure shortly. Last month, Somerset Operating Company, a subsidiary of Riesling Power LLC, submitted a request to the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) to waive the state's required, 180-day notice to close the Somerset Station, allowing the facility to be retired on February 15, 2020. Closure is contingent on approvals by both NYSPSC and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which will evaluate if it will cause an adverse effect on grid reliability.

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Sempra and BP Sign Contract for LNG Deliveries to Baja California

LCG, October 14, 2004--Sempra Energy LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, and BP announced that they have signed a 20-year agreement to deliver 500 MMcf/day of liquified natural gas (LNG) to Sempra's planned Energia Costa Azul terminal, located near Ensenada, Mexico. After regasification, natural gas pipelines would then transport the gas to local markets and California.

The Energia Costa Azul terminal will be built with a capacity of 1 Bcf/day and is a joint project between Sempra Energy LNG and Shell International Gas, a division of Royal Dutch/Shell. Operations are planned to commence by 2008.

The source of the natural gas supplies will be the Tangguh LNG terminal project in Indonesia, which is also scheduled to begin production in 2008. BP, which is the largest owner of the Tangguh LNG project, recently announced another 20-year, Tungguh LNG deal with K-Power, a joint venture between BP and South Korea's SK Corp. There is also an agreement with China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) for delivery to an LNG terminal planned for East China's Fujian Province.

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