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CompanySite, (Plant Site)Design# of UnitsEarly Site Permit (ESP)Construction / Operating License Submittal
Alternate Energy Holdings / UnistarElmore County, IDEPR1-FY 2009
Amarillo Power / UnistarVicinity of Amarillo, TXEPR1-FY 2009
AmerenUE / UnistarCallaway County, MO (Callaway)EPR1-July 2008
Constellation / UniStarCalvert County, MD (Calvert Cliffs)EPR1-March 2008
Constellation / UniStarOswego County, NY (Nine Mile Point)EPR1-FY 2009
Detroit EdisonFermi, MI (Fermi)ESBWR1Not yet determinedFY 2008
DominionLouisa County, VA (North Anna) ESBWR 1Approved November 2007November 2007
DukeCherokee County, SC (William States Lee) AP1000 2-December 2007
DukeDavie County, NCNYD*-Under considerationNot yet determined
DukeOconee County, SC (Oconee)NYD*-Under considerationNot yet determined
EntergyWest Felciana Parish, LA (River Bend) ESBWR 1-FY 2008
Entergy (NuStart )Claiborne County, MS (Grand Gulf) ESBWR 1Approved April 2007February 2008
ExelonClinton, IL (Clinton)NYD*-Approved March 2007Not yet determined
ExelonVictoria County, TX ESBWR 2-September 2008
Florida Power & LightMiami-Dade County, FL (Turkey Point)AP10002 Not yet determined FY 2009
LuminantGlen Rose, TX (Comanche Peak)APWR2-FY 2008
NRG Energy / STPNOCMatagorda County, TX (South Texas Project) ABWR 2-September 2007
PPL Corp. / UnistarLuzerne County, PA (Susquehanna) EPR1-FY 2009
Progress EnergyWake County, NC (Harris) AP1000 2-February 2008
Progress EnergyLevy County, FL AP1000 2-July 2008
South Carolina Electric & GasFairfield County, SC (V.C. Summer) AP1000 2-March 2008
Southern CompanyBurke County, GA (Vogtle) AP1000 2Under review, Approval expected early 2009March 2008
TVA (NuStart )Jackson County, AL (Bellefonte)  AP1000 2-October 2007


Bechtel contracted to complete Watts Bar 2

16 October 2007

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has selected Bechtel to lead engineering, procurement and construction work to complete the second unit at the Watts Bar nuclear power plant.

Watts Bar (Image: TVA)
Bechtel's contract, valued in reports at $1 billion, is included in the scope of the five-year $2.49 billion project to finish the incomplete pressurized water reactor (PWR), as approved by TVA in August 2007. When completed in 2012, 40 years after construction first began, the pressurized water reactor (PWR) will add about 1200 MWe to TVA's capacity. "We are honoured to be selected by TVA for this historic assignment," said Jim Rheinsch, president of Bechtel's nuclear power business.

Work on Watts Bar 2 was suspended in 1985 when the plant was about 60% complete, but construction can resume under an existing permit that is valid until 2010.

According to TVA president and CEO Tom Kilgore, Bechtel will be responsible for completing the engineering design, procuring equipment and materials and finishing the physical construction of Watts Bar 2, with oversight from TVA. "TVA's oversight of Bechtel will include incorporating the lessons learned from the restart of Unit 1 at our Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama," he added.

Bechtel was involved in the May 2007 restart of TVA's Browns Ferry unit 1, providing engineering, start-up and other technical services in the $1.8 billion project to restart the mothballed reactor. It also worked on the restart of Browns Ferry units 2 and 3 in the 1990s and has carried out steam generator replacements at TVA's Sequoyah plant as well as Watts Bar 1.

The other bidder for the Watts Bar 2 project was Shaw Stone and Webster. TVA said it chose Bechtel because of its "technical capability, overall value and pricing, quality of proposed project team and other key attributes."

Bechtel's proposal also includes Washington Group International and Sargent & Lundy as contractors, according to Watts Bar 2 Vice President Masoud Bajestani. Cited in press reports, Bajestani added that TVA was working to finalize additional contracts with Siemens for the replacement of major components of the turbine system and with Westinghouse, the original supplier of the two Watts Bar PWRs.

TVA's Bellefonte site has been earmarked for the construction of two new Westinghouse AP1000 reactors by the NuStart consortium, of which TVA is a member, but completing Watts Bar 2 will be the fastest and cheapest way for TVA to bring new capacity on line.

Further information

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

WNA's US Nuclear Power Industry information paper

WNN: US reactor gets go-ahead for completion














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