Areva and Bechtel will develop detailed design of the USEPR
A consortium composed of Areva and Bechtel has won a contract from UniStar to complete detailed design engineering for a proposed Areva Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR) to be built adjacent to Constellation Energy's (NYSE:CEG) existing Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant in Maryland.
The scope of work includes full plant specifications and design of plant facilities and buildings. This will provide UniStar Nuclear Energy the information needed to make decisions about plant-equipment purchases and construction-site preparations. products.
World Nuclear News reports the detailed design engineering is a major milestone towards deploying a new nuclear power plant. It generates the tangible construction drawings and detailed specifications that are necessary to buy equipment and construct the plant. The master equipment list will be developed from these design
Tom Christopher, CEO of Areva's US subsidiary Areva Inc, said: "This new multi-year agreement now involves nearly 500 Areva and Bechtel engineers."
The design work will be done by Areva at its Lynchburg, VA, site. The value of the design contract was not announced.
PPL files with NRC referencing Areva's EPR
PPL Corp. (NYSE:PPL)has filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to build and operate a new nuclear plant at Berwick, Pa. It is expected to use an Areva EPR and will benefit from the design work deal inked by Unistar this week. The Bell Bend nuclear plant would be built near the company's existing two-unit Susquehanna nuclear power plant.
Victor N. Lopiano, president, PPL Nuclear Development, said, a final decision by PPL on whether to move forward with the Bell Bend plant won't be made for several years, and will depend on NRC approval, on receiving a federal loan guarantee for the project, on attracting additional investors and on the company's view of the power market fundamentals at that time,
In additional to the COL, PPL submitted the first part of the federal loan guarantee application to the Department of Energy on Sept. 29. The company will submit a second part of the application as required before the Dec 19 deadline.
The Bell Bend license application includes the U.S. Evolutionary Power Reactor from AREVA of France, which is under design certification review by the NRC. The EPR is also referenced in COL applications to the NRC by Ameren in St. Louis and Constellation's Nine Mile plant in New York.
What about common design elements?
NRC's review of the Bull Bell COL, which is more than 10,000 pages, is expected to take three to four years. The application is submitted in electronic form. What NRC gets is a a single set of paper binders and lots of CDs for its engineers to review. It's the same with the other two plants as well.
With all three plants based on the same detailed design, for which the work just got underway, the question has to be asked whether the NRC will combine some of its review efforts? Nuclear plant applicants reimburse the NRC at a rate of $250/hour for design reviews. With 10,000 pages of plant information, those hours will add up. Somebody must have asked NRC this question already. What's the answer?
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