The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a $145,000 fine after workers at Southern Co.'s Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia provided fake data indicating they performed checks of equipment and conditions that they didn't complete, the agency said. The NRC noted that the company has since "taken a number of corrective actions" and there were "no actual safety consequences."
The Energy Department is reviewing and working with nuclear power plant operators that are requesting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission extend their operating licenses from 60 to 80 years. Utilities have plans to ask for extensions for eight reactors, and up to 20 more requests may follow.
Unit 3 of Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry nuclear power plant has begun a scheduled outage for refueling and maintenance. During the outage, workers will make modifications to the unit to get it ready for plant upgrades that will increase output.
To meet its target of commissioning the first reactor at its nuclear power plant in December 2019, Belarus and its partners must finish the main construction and commissioning operations and have nuclear fuel delivered in 2018, Energy Minister Vladimir Potupchik said.
Czech Republic energy company CEZ is looking at its options from different nations to determine who will construct nuclear reactors in the country. The prominent companies in France and the US have both recently had difficulties that may make them less attractive, while Russia, China and South Korea are very active lately, which could increase their chances, William Freebairn, senior managing editor of Nucleonics Week, said.
NuScale Power and Westinghouse have each applied to have the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission perform a pre-licensing vendor design review on their respective small modular reactor designs. The CNSC, which is now undertaking 10 of these reviews, will begin the process for NuScale's SMR design in mid-2018 and has not set a date to begin the review of Westinghouse's eVinci micro reactor design.
The upgrade project at Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama, which will boost output by 14%, is more cost-effective than building new reactors. Adding a reactor at another nuclear plant cost TVA more than $3.9 million per installed megawatt, while the upgrade will cost $1.02 million per megawatt.
With the announcement that Exelon's Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey will shut down in October, Lacey Township, where the plant is located, is trying to figure out how to make up for lost revenue and store used nuclear fuel. Exelon will continue to pay property taxes during decommissioning for the time being, and community officials hope they will receive some funding originally meant for the Yucca Mountain repository as they keep the used fuel on site.
As it approaches a scheduled outage for refueling and maintenance, Unit 1 at Exelon Generation's Limerick nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania has begun decreasing its power generation. Tuesday morning the reactor was operating at 98% capacity.
An analysis performed for South Carolina Electric & Gas found that the parts purchased for the halted expansion project at its V.C. Summer nuclear power plant could earn as much as $861 million if sold. The study was conducted before SCE&G and Santee Cooper decided to halt the project, and SCE&G said it believes the estimate is too high.
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