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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Industry News

Bear Head LNG Project Mothballed

LCG, February 9, 2007--Anadarko Petroleum announced Tuesday that it has written off its investment in the Bear Head LNG project, a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal to be located on a peninsula on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. The company stated that it has taken a $111 million charge against its fourth quarter 2006 earnings for the previously planned terminal.

Anadarko Petroleum stated that it was unable to obtain a long-term gas supply and will now mothball the $500 million project. In July 2006, Anadarko announced that it planned to sell Bear Head LNG Corporation, the wholly owned subsidiary developing the project, but that transaction did not come to fruition.

The Bear Head LNG project was designed to receive LNG from tankers and to regasify 1 Bcf/day of natural gas, which was to be transported to Northeast markets via the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline (M&NP). This initial phase was scheduled to be operational in late 2008. A second phase of the project was anticipated that would increase the sendout capacity to 1.5 Bcf/day.

The Environmental Assessment was approved in August 2004 and construction was initiated in October 2004.

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