Global Energy News Roundup: May 10

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Three Mile Island Nuclear Reactor to Shut Down

On May 8 it was announced that the last nuclear power reactor at Three Mile Island (TMI) in central Pennsylvania will be shut down by September 30, 2019. Exelon Generation, who owns the plant, released a statement on the closure. In it, Exelon’s Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy stated:

“Although we see strong support in Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania to reduce carbon emissions and maintain the environmental and economic benefits provided by nuclear energy, we don’t see a path forward for policy changes before the June 1 fuel purchasing deadline for TMI… While TMI will close in September as planned, the state has eight other zero-carbon nuclear units that provide around-the-clock clean energy, avoiding millions of tons of carbon emissions every year. We will continue to work with the legislature and all stakeholders to enact policies that will secure a clean energy future for all Pennsylvanians.”

There are currently two pieces of legislation in the Pennyslvania state government waiting for action from legislators that would have offered financial support for TMI. However, Exelon believed that no action would be taken in time to relieve TMI of its financial burdens. The legislation can still be used to help other nuclear power plants in the state stay in operation.

Source: The New York Times

Vogtle Unit 3 Now Permanently Powered

Earlier this week Georgia Power announced that plant equipment for Vogtle Unit 3 became permanently powered. All subsequent testing can now be performed for the unit. This represents a major milestone for the Vogtle plant and marks a shift away from the construction period to system operations. A senior Vice President at Georgia Power stated that “initial energization is a major first step in transitioning the project from construction toward system operations…with energization complete, we can continue moving into the actual testing phase for Unit 3.” The project is estimated to be about 77% completed and remains on schedule. Last week, Georgia Power submitted an update on the Vogtle 3 & 4 projects to the Georgia Public Service Commission that affirms that the in-service dates of November 2021 for Unit 3 and November 2022 remain unchanged.

Source: Business Insider

Site Approved for Nuclear Power Plant in Egypt

Egypt’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) has received a site approval permit at the El Dabaa site from the Egyptian Nuclear Regulation and Radiological Authority (ENRRA). This permit means that the site complies with all the national and international requirements. The approval of the site marks a major milestone in the licensing process for the El Dabaa plant. The ENRRA issued the approval in early March, which required a “detailed comprehensive review” and numerous application documents that included data regarding the reactor installation, data from the site and its characteristics, design basis and concept and a Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The NPPA stated that “issuance of the Site Approval Permit is an acknowledgement that the El Dabaa site and its specific conditions comply with national and IAEA requirements for NPP [nuclear power plant] sites…site specific conditions must be appropriately considered in the design of the NPP to ensure the future safe and reliable operation of the nuclear installations.” Four Russian-designed VVER-1200 pressurized water reactors are planned to be built at the site.

Source: World Nuclear News