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Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Summary, April 2012

April 30, 2012 - 12:31pm


Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Summary

  • The U.S. NRC voted to approve the issuance of the COLs for Southern Nuclear’s Vogtle Units 3 and 4 on February 9, 2012. The issuance marks the first COL ever to be issued and the construction of a new nuclear power plant in more than 30 years.
  • SCE&G’s V.C Summer Units 2 and 3 received approval for COLs on March 30, 2012, making them the second US new-build in 30 years.
  • The Tennessee Valley Authority has revised the cost and time estimates of Unit 2 at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. The new schedule estimates the cost to be in the range of $4 billion with a completion date of late 2015.
  • South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) has signed a letter of intent with Santee Cooper for negotiations in a power purchase agreement, which would allow them to buy between 2-7% of the capacity and power output of the new VC Summer units. The agreement also allows for SMEPA to purchase a portion of Santee Cooper’s 45% ownership interest.
COL Applications Submitted
Submitted Docketed Issued Safety4 Environ.5
Southern Nuclear Vogtle GA AP10001 2 3/31/08 5/30/08 2/10/12 Completed Completed
SCE&G V.C. Summer SC AP1000 2 3/27/08 7/31/08 4/10/12 Completed Completed
STP Nuclear Operating Co. South Texas Project TX ABWR1 2 9/07 11/29/07 - Ph. 2 Completed
Luminant (TXU) Comanche Peak TX US-APWR1 2 9/19/08 12/2/08 - Ph. 2 Completed
UniStar (Constellation) Calvert Cliffs MD US-EPR1 1 3/08 6/3/08 - Ph. 2 Completed
DTE Energy Fermi MI ESBWR 1 09/18/08 11/25/08 - Ph. 2 Ph. 3
Dominion Energy North Anna VA US-APWR 1 11/27/07 1/28/08 - Ph. A Ph. 2
Duke Energy William States Lee SC AP1000 2 12/13/07 2/25/08 - Ph. B Ph. 2
Florida Power and Light Turkey Point FL AP1000 2 6/30/09 9/8/09 - Ph. A Ph. 2
PPL (UniStar) Bell Bend PA US-EPR 1 10/10/08 12/19/08 - Ph. A Ph. 2
Progress Energy Shearon Harris NC AP1000 2 2/19/08 4/17/08 - Ph. B Ph. 2
Progress Energy Levy FL AP1000 2 7/30/08 10/6/08 - Ph. D Ph. 3
Entergy (NuStart) Grand Gulf MS ESBWR 1 2/08 4/17/08 - Suspended Suspended
Entergy River Bend LA ESBWR 1 9/25/08 12/4/08 - Suspended Suspended
AmerenUE (UniStar) Callaway MO US-EPR 1 7/24/08 12/12/08 - Suspended Suspended
UniStar (Constellation) Nine Mile Point NY US-EPR 1 9/30/08 12/11/08 - Suspended Suspended
TVA (NuStart) Bellefonte AL AP1000 2 10/07 1/18/08 - Suspended Suspended

1    Reference COL Application (R-COL)
4    Safety Review Phases:

R-COL: Ph 1 Issue RAIs   Ph 2 SER w/ Open Items   Ph 3 ACRS Review   Ph 4 Advanced SER/ No OI   Ph 5 ACRS Review   Ph 6 Final SER
S-COL: Ph A Issue RAIs & supplemental RAIs   Ph B Advanced SER/ No OI   Ph C ACRS Review   Ph D Final SER

5    Environmental Review Phases:

Ph 1 Environmental Scoping Report   Ph 2 Draft EIS   Ph 3 Public comment   Ph 4 Final EIS


Reactor Design Certification (DC)

Summary: Two reactor designs that are being considered for future builds are certified and two renewal applications are under NRC review.

  • AREVA US-EPR – Submitted December 12, 2007, and docketed February 25, 2008; rulemaking expected in December 2014.
  • GE ESBWR – Final Design Approval in March 2011; rulemaking expected 2013.
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries US-APWR – Submitted December 31, 2007, and docketed February 29, 2008; rulemaking expected in 2015.
  • KEPCO APR-1400 – Pre-application interactions began in January 2012. Design certification application anticipated March 2013.
  • GE ABWR – Certified in 1997. Toshiba and GEH have also separately submitted Design Certification renewal applications that are currently under review.
  • Westinghouse AP1000 – Amended design certified on December 30, 2011.


Early Site Permits (ESP)

Summary: Four ESPs issued; two under review:

  • On March 25, 2010, Exelon submitted an ESP application for its Victoria County site. The final SER and EIS are expected to be completed by mid 2014.
  • PSEG submitted an ESP application for its nuclear plant site in Salem County, New Jersey, on May 26, 2010. The final SER and EIS are expected in mid to late 2014.
  • NRC anticipates two further ESP applications at Blue Castle and Callaway.
  • The following ESPs have been issued: Exelon – Clinton (IL), 3/15/07; Entergy – Grand Gulf (MS), 4/5/07; Dominion – North Anna (VA), 11/ 27/07; Southern – Vogtle site (GA), 08/26/09.


New Plant Construction Progress

Summary: Full nuclear construction can now begin for V.C. Summer Units 2 and 3 and Vogtle Units 3 and 4. TVA is proceeding with the completion of the Watts Bar 2 and Bellefonte 1 reactors.

New Nuclear Plants under Construction:  COLs for Vogtle Units 3 and 4 and V.C. Summer Units 2 and 3 have been issued.


  • At the Vogtle site, work on the containment vessel bottom head for Units 3 and 4 vessel continues. The CR10 module, which will hold the Unit 3 containment vessel bottom head, is being assembled.
  • For pictures of Votgle Units 3 and 4, please visit the South Nuclear website.

VC Summer

  • Testing for the heavy-lift derrick crane at the V.C. Summer site was recently finished. Work is continuing on both bottom containment vessel heads and work is beginning on the cooling towers.
  • For pictures of VC Summer Units 2 and 3, please visit the SCE&G website.

Watts Bar 2

  • Watts Bar 2, near Spring City, Tennessee, is now expected to come online late 2015 at a revised cost of $4 billion.


  • Construction of some reactor designs to be built in the US is underway in other countries: four AP1000s in /China, two APWRs in Japan, one EPR in Finland and France and another two in China; four ABWRs have been operated in Japan and four are nearing completion in Japan and Taiwan.

Expected Operation Date

  • TVA expects Watts Bar 2 to be completed by late 2015.
  • Southern Nuclear's Vogtle Units 3 and 4 are expected to come online in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
  • SCE&G's VC Summer Units 2 and 3 are expected to come online in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
  • Florida Power and Light's Turkey Point expects Unit 6 to come online by 2022 and Unit 7 by 2023.
  • Progress Energy's Levy site expects the first unit to come online in 2024 and the second unit to follow 18 months later.


Federal Financial Incentives

Summary: EPAct 2005 incentives are at various stages of development: two rules issued and one notice published.

Standby Support: Rule issued, no contract issued.

  • Final Rulemaking Issued August 2006.

Production Tax Credits: Notice issued.

  • Internal Revenue Bulletin 2006-18 published May 2006.
  • Treasury/IRS may issue additional guidance on Tax Credits for new nuclear plants; however, a date has not been set.

Nuclear Energy Facility Loan Guarantees: Congress granted DOE authority to issue $20.5 billion in guaranteed loans.

  • DOE issued solicitations for $18.5 billion in loan guarantees for new nuclear power facilities and $2 billion for the “front end” of the nuclear fuel cycle on June 30, 2008.
  • DOE offered a conditional commitment agreement for $2 billion to AREVA for an enrichment plant.
  • DOE has issued conditional commitment agreements to Georgia Power Corp., Oglethrope Power Corp. and the Municipal Authority of Georgia for the financing of Vogtle Units 3 and 4, totaling $8.33 billion