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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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Indian Buyers Seek 'Due Diligence' on Dabhol

LCG, Nov. 13, 2001--Tata Power Co and BSES Ltd. will start valuing the assets of Dabhol Power Co. assets in a few days in anticipation of a possible purchase of Enron Corp.'s majority stake, the Industrial Development Bank of India said yesterday.

The two Indian utilities hope to begin a "due diligence" inspection of financial records and operations with a view to arriving at a offer price for Dabhol's $2.9 billion power plant on the west coast of India, Reuters news agency said.

Tata and BSES hope to acquire Enron's 65 percent interest in Dabhol, plus the 10 percent each owned by General Electric Co. and Bechtel Enterprises, both of the U.S.

Enron has said it wants $1 billion for its 65 percent in Dabhol, but Indian sources say that 85 percent of the company could be had for around $800 to $900 million.

"The sale price of the shareholding of Enron and its associates in DPC would be decided by the concerned parties through mutual negotiations," the IDBI said in a statement.

Indian lenders to the Dabhol project account for about $1.4 billion of its debt, and they are casting a wary eye to news about Enron emanating from the U.S. They fear that if Enron is unable to sell its stake and terminates its contract with the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, it could end up defaulting on its loans.

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