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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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Chinese Gas Field Holds 35 Trillion Cubic Feet

LCG, Nov. 26, 2001--Proven reserves of natural gas at Changqing Oil Field, China's largest natural gas basin, exceeds a whopping 35 trillion cubic feet, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported yesterday.

Changqing comprises a dozen fields in the Ordos Basin which covers Shaanxi, Gansu and Shanxi provinces along with Inner Mongolia and Ningxia Hui autonomous regions. It has a combined exploration area of 143,000 square miles and is the largest onshore gas field in China.

The field began to transport oil to Ningxia, Gansu and other provinces in northwest China after the first oil pipeline was laid in 1979. Later, two gas pipelines became operational to provide gas to 15 large cities including Beijing, Tianjin and Xian.

Though natural gas accounts for only 2.1 percent of China's energy use, it amounts to about a tenth of the world's average, the news agency said.

Xinhua said exploration for natural gas in the Ordos Basin has become a strategic move in China's ongoing energy structure adjustment. The region will become a stable gas supplier to north, northeast and central China, and the steady gas supply will help Beijing and other large cities to improve air pollution.

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