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PostPosted: Dec 08, 2011 4:17 pm 
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PostPosted: Dec 08, 2011 8:35 pm 
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is the AP1000 fully approved by the NRC? Do they not risk the NRC changing horses in the middle of the stream?


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PostPosted: Dec 09, 2011 10:20 pm 
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AP1000 NRC design approval was issued May 2005. There was a subsequent review and changes to the design of the Shield Building vs aircraft impacts, which was resolved December of 2010 and then the ACRS agreed with the NRC in September 2011.


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PostPosted: Dec 10, 2011 5:16 am 
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David Walters has said to me that the AP1000 COL is finally issued now. Can anyone confirm this? Bob?


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PostPosted: Dec 10, 2011 5:52 am 
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For Vogtle? or VC Summer? a COL is for a specific site. Haven't heard anything myself at all yet.

I would expect to hear about Vogtle any day now.


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PostPosted: Dec 14, 2011 5:47 am 
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Some good news at last, 3 out of 5 of the NRC commisioners endorse AP1000:

http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNe ... er/6764191

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A third member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, William Magwood, voted to approve the final rule certifying the amended design of Westinghouse's AP1000 reactor, the agency said Tuesday -- meaning a majority of the five-member commission has now endorsed the design, setting the stage for final approval in the coming weeks.

The design certification rule must be approved before NRC can issue licenses to utilities, such as Georgia Power and South Carolina Electric & Gas, that are seeking to build new AP1000 reactors.

NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko and Commissioner George Apostolakis had approved the reactor design in votes released last week. The two other commissioners have not released their votes yet.

Before the rule is affirmed, commissioners must negotiate a memorandum to NRC staff outlining what they have agreed upon. Then the vote must be affirmed in a public session of the commission.

Affirmation of the design certification by the full commission "is expected soon," Southern Nuclear spokesman Steve Higginbottom said in an email Monday. Southern Nuclear believes approval of the design certification and the combined construction permit-operating licenses for its two-unit Vogtle plant expansion "are imminent," he said.

NRC spokesman Scott Burnell said Friday that the other commissioners have not made public vote sheets on the AP1000 design certification or on Southern Nuclear's request to expedite the rule's effective date. He said the commission is expected to make a final decision on the AP1000 design certification by January.

Scott Shaw, a Westinghouse spokesman, said Tuesday the three votes in favor are "very encouraging; it gets us one step closer to design certification." He added that the design certification cannot be considered final until the votes are affirmed in public.

Jaczko and Apostolakis differ on when the rule would be effective and thus when the agency could issue licenses to build and operate new units. Magwood did not address that issue in his vote.

Apostolakis voted to make the rule effective immediately upon publication, which would allow NRC to issue combined construction permit-operating licenses for projects that reference the AP1000 without waiting 30 days following publication.

Jaczko opposed allowing the rule to take immediate effect, saying in comments that he later withdrew that commissioners were taking unusual steps to promote the interests of Southern Nuclear Operating Co., which is seeking licenses to build two AP1000 units on behalf of Georgia Power. Both are subsidiaries of Southern Co.

If approval took effect on the date of publication, Southern Nuclear could begin construction of the nuclear portions of the Vogtle site in Georgia as soon as it received the combined construction permit-operating licenses for the units.

The AP1000 is referenced in seven applications for COLs to build and operate 14 reactors, including the Vogtle project and SCE&G's Summer station.


And some more background on the Vogtle units:

http://www.pennenergy.com/index/article ... 62283.html

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For full construction to get underway at a US nuclear new build project - after a hiatus of about three decades - would be quite a momentous development for the nuclear industry, not just in the United States, but also worldwide. So eyes are now turning to the 2 x 1100 MWe Vogtle 3 and 4 AP1000 PWR project, near Waynesboro, Georgia, which was expecting to receive its COL, Combined Construction and Operating License, from the Nuclear Regulatory Comission - the first ever awarded under the USA's new streamlined licensing system - by the end of 2011. Receipt of the COL would trigger the commencement of full construction at the site, including "first nuclear concrete" - normally taken as the start of construction proper on such a project - with the hope of achieving first fuel loading in 2015, and commercial operation of unit 3 and 4 in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

The cost of the plant is estimated at $14 billion, ie $6267/kW, with Southern Company, which will operate it, having a 45.7% share (other co-owners being Oglethorpe Power Corp, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities). In June 2010 Southern Company and the Department of Energy announced that final terms and conditions had been agreed regarding the loan guarantees for the new units. Total guaranteed borrowings will not exceed 70% of the company's eligible projected costs, or approximately $3.4 billion. Any guaranteed borrowings would be full recourse to Georgia Power and secured by a first priority lien on the company's 45.7% ownership interest. Final approval and issuance of the loan guarantees are subject to receipt of the COL.

Progress at the site

The casual observer at Vogtle could be forgiven for thinking that construction proper had already begun. In fact, work has been proceeding there since 2009 under a Limited Work Authorization permit.

There are currently about 1300 people working at the site. Land has been cleared and excavated, "mudmats" poured, cranes delivered and the site prepared to receive the first structures for the new units. Containment vessels, being supplied by CB&I (interestingly, a supplier on units 1 and 2), which consist of 248 plates welded together to form five main sections (upper and lower head plus three rings) are being fabricated.

The two AP1000 power plants are being provided by Toshiba/Westinghouse under an EPC contract signed with Georgia Power in 2008. Prior to this and another contract signed in 2008 (with South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation, and Santee Cooper) to provide two AP1000s for the Summer site, no other contracts to provide new nuclear power plants in the United States had been signed since before 1978.

In August 2011 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the Final Safety Evaluation Report for the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor design.

This was the second time through the Design Certification process for the reactor design. The NRC officially granted Design Certification to the AP1000 in 2006. Since then, the AP1000 design has been modified to meet new and additional NRC requirements, including those that require the design to withstand the impact of an aircraft crash on its shield building. The shield building, a steel reinforced concrete structure about 3ft thick, protects the steel containment vessel that houses the reactor vessel. Both the shield building and the containment vessel play significant roles in the passive safety systems of the AP1000 design, which allow it to safely shut down with no or minimal operator action and no AC power.

VOGTLE 3 AND 4 PROJECT MILESTONES

2011

August - Southern Nuclear received the Final Safety Evaluation Report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's technical staff for the Combined Construction and Operating License for Vogtle units 3 and 4.

August - Training classes began at a new facility built for training of Vogtle units 3 and 4 employees.

August - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the Final Safety Evaluation Report for the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor design.

July - The first AP1000 component, a floor section of a very large structural module that ultimately will become the plant's auxiliary building, was delivered by Shaw Modular Solutions to the Vogtle 3 and 4 site.

April - The mudmats for units 3 and 4 are poured.

March - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission completed its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for a Limited Work Authorization (LWA) and the Combined Construction and Operating Licenses (COL) for the Vogtle units 3 and 4. The NRC, in its FSEIS, concluded that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude issuing the LWA and COLs for construction and operation of the proposed reactors at the site.

2010

June - Southern Company and the Department of Energy announce that final terms and conditions have been reached regarding the loan guarantees for the new Vogtle units.

March - Safety-related construction began with the first placement of backfill soil into the area excavated for unit 3.

February - President Obama and DOE Secretary Steven Chu announce the award of conditional loan guarantees for Vogtle units 3 and 4. The DOE loan guarantees are expected to save Georgia Power's customers millions in interest costs annually over the expected life of any guaranteed borrowing.

2009

August - Excavation of the area where the new units are planned began at the plant site.

August - Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 received an Early Site Permit from the NRC. The Vogtle ESP is the first in the industry to reference a specific technology and to come with a Limited Work Authorization (LWA), which allows limited safety-related construction at the site prior to receiving the COL.

July - Southern Nuclear begins training operations instructors for Vogtle units 3 and 4.

June - Southern Nuclear cleared another hurdle in the licensing process for new units at Plant Vogtle when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board issued its ruling on contentions related to the Early Site Permit (ESP) application. The ASLB ruled in favour of Southern Nuclear and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff in all cases.

May - Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 were named NuStart's reference plant for AP1000 technology.

April - Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law Senate Bill 31, which allows Georgia Power to recover financing costs during the construction of nuclear units while they're being built, plus reducing the plant's costs to customers.

April - Georgia Power provided the Westinghouse-Shaw consortium full notice to proceed on Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4. Shaw and Westinghouse began mobilising at the plant site and performing activities to support construction.

March - The NRC's ASLB held its hearings to review contentions on the Plant Vogtle Early Site Permit.

March - Georgia Power received certification from the Georgia Public Service Commission to build new units at the site.

2008

November - Southern Nuclear was notified that five petitioners filed a petition to intervene in the COL application that the company filed for new units at Plant Vogtle. The groups are Atlanta Womens Action for New Direction (WAND), Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), Center for a Sustainable Coast, Savannah Riverkeeper and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE).

May - Georgia Power submitted a nuclear self-build option to the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to meet demand in the 2016-2017 timeframe. The company received no other bids in response to its 2016-2017 baseload capacity request for proposals. The Georgia PSC rules require market bids to be compared with self-build proposals, but no market bids were received.

April - Georgia Power entered into an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract with the Westinghouse-Shaw consortium to construct two Westinghouse AP1000 units at the site. This agreement was signed on April 8, 2008.

March - Southern Nuclear filed a Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) application with the NRC for new units at the Vogtle site.

2007

March - The NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) announced that it will allow a group of organisations to intervene in the Early Site Permitting process for new units at Plant Vogtle. This announcement came following a pre-hearing in February where the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board reviewed information presented by the intervenors.

2006

December - A group of organisations filed a petition to intervene in the Early Site Permit for Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4. The groups are Atlanta Womens Action for New Direction (WAND), Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), Center for a Sustainable Coast, Savannah Riverkeeper and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE).

August - Southern Nuclear filed an Early Site Permit (ESP) for new units at the Plant Vogtle site.

January - Southern Nuclear selects Westinghouse AP1000 technology for new units at the Plant Vogtle site.

2005

August - Southern Nuclear announced its intent to file an Early Site Permit or pre COL (Combined Construction and Operation License) application in the summer of 2006.

August - Southern Nuclear announced, on behalf of the Plant Vogtle co-owners, that it had officially informed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it had selected the Plant Vogtle site to evaluate for possible new nuclear generation.

August - The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was signed into law.

July - Southern Nuclear notified the NRC of a potential site selection for its ESP application. That site was Plant Vogtle.

February - Southern Nuclear sent a notice of intent letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission stating its intent to submit an application for an Early Site Permit for a new nuclear plant. At that time, the company said that no site had been selected for new nuclear generation.

2004

December - Southern Company submitted its Nuclear Power 2010 proposal to the Department of Energy. The proposal requested DOE consider Southern Nuclear in new nuclear plant licensing projects co-funded by DOE.

March - Southern Company became a founding member of the NuStart Energy Consortium.


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PostPosted: Dec 14, 2011 10:13 am 
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Beat me to it Cyril.... :lol:

The only troubling thing is the Chairman pulling back his statements. As was said, it's not "real" until affirmed in a public meeting.

Vogtle and VC Summer are ready to start pouring concrete.

We'll see.


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PostPosted: Dec 23, 2011 11:40 am 
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NRC commissioners approve AP1000. This means that the COL signatures are only days away.

http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_ ... 22203.aspx


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PostPosted: Dec 23, 2011 12:05 pm 
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Good news! So all that remains are formalities, right? Official publication etc.


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PostPosted: Jan 06, 2012 1:25 pm 
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Looks like the approval is signed, sealed, and delivered: http://www.worldnuclear.org/_news_database/rss_detail_features.cfm?objID=8E03BE0C-3AAC-4868-8E29722D21992914.


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PostPosted: Jan 06, 2012 2:53 pm 
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Wow, so is this the first reactor the NRC has actually licensed on its own? I.e. not just license work continued from when the AEC was broken up in 1974. What did it take Westinghouse, over 20 years to get the AP1000 licensed? I think the process was started in 1991.

No problem with the NRC, no sir indeed...

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PostPosted: Jan 06, 2012 11:43 pm 
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To be fair, that wasn't a continuous process. There were several periods of years where work was halted at the request of the applicants.


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PostPosted: Jan 06, 2012 11:46 pm 
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Jim L. wrote:



http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_ ... 22203.aspx

WNN is not usually up to the minute nuclear news. NuclearStreet is better.


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PostPosted: Feb 09, 2012 2:23 pm 
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Hic est verbum redemptricem.

http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_ ... 20902.aspx

Some good news at last. Pop out the champagne...


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PostPosted: Feb 10, 2012 11:28 am 
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The NRC approval of the COL is great news. Somehow I will feel better when they actually issue the license. I would really like to see that posted at the NRC site.

Sometimes when the antinuclear folks get me down, I go to some of the places showing real people doing real work.

As most of you are probably aware Southern Co. posts quarterly videos of construction at Vogtle. The last quarter video shows welding on the bottom head of the reactor containment vessel. http://www.southerncompany.com/nucleare ... hotos.aspx

Westinghouse posts photos of AP1000 construction in Sanmen China. The most recent photo shows a lot of progress at that site. http://ap1000.westinghousenuclear.com/S ... _2012.html



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