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NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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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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FP&L's Martin and Manatee Station Expansion Projects Ready for Service

LCG, June 28, 2005--Florida Power & Light Company (FP&L) announced yesterday that its two new, gas-fired electric generating units located at existing plant sites in Martin and Manatee counties will commence commercial operations on June 30, 2005. The two new units will add 1,900 MW of generating capacity to serve the growing electric demands in Florida.

At the Manatee Station, the existing facilities include two units with a combined capacity of 1,591 MW and the capability to burn oil and natural gas. The expansion project adds a new, combined-cycle plant with a capacity of 1,100 MW. The estimated cost of the project is approximately $600 million.

The existing facilities at the Martin site include two 800-MW steam-generating units, two 450-MW combined-cycle units and two 160-MW combustion turbines used to meet peak loads. The Martin Station expansion project converts the two combustion turbine peaking units, along with two new combustion turbines, into a more efficient combined-cycle plant. The capacity of Martin Station will increase by 800 MW, and the estimated cost of the project is $500 million.

Both stations will receive gas via Gulfstream Pipeline's Phase II Extension that was placed into service in February of this year. Gulfstream, a joint development between Williams and Duke Energy, was originally placed into service in May 2002. The pipeline, with a capacity of approximately 1.1 Bcf/day, receives gas from Mobile Bay, East Louisiana and Mississippi before crossing more than 400 miles of the Gulf of Mexico.

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