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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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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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UK's BG to Buy Enron India Oil and Gas Assets

LCG, Oct. 3, 2001--British natural gas producer BG Plc said this morning it had agreed to buy Enron Corp.'s oil and gas assets off India's west coast for $388 million to complement its Indian interests in gas distribution and liquefied natural gas.

Enron's Dabhol Power Co. is not part of the deal, though Dabhol's 2,184 megawatt power plant is fueled by LNG obtained under a long-term agreement from Qatar.

Enron Oil and Gas India Limited has a 30 percent interest in the Tapti and Panna Mukta fields north west of Bombay, and a 62.4 percent interest in the CB-OS/1 exploration license off the state of Gujarat. The Enron unit is operator of the concessions under agreements with its joint venture partners.

In addition to regulatory approvals, the sale of Enron's assets would require confirmation that Enron Oil and Gas India would continue as operator of the fields under BG's ownership. However, the state-run drilling company ONGC, which has a 40 percent stake in Tapti and Panna Mukta, has indicated it wants to take over operation of the fields.

On learning of Enron's interest in selling its interests in the fields, ONGC expressed interest in boosting its ownership to 70 percent.

BG has LNG import facilities under development in western India. David McManus, the company's executive vice president with responsibility for India, said yesterday "What this additional gas will do is create the marketplace in advance of LNG imports coming in behind it and in fact will fill the supply deficit that currently exists."

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