Duke Energy to seek longer working lives for Carolinas nuclear power plants By Bruce Henderson, The Charlotte Observer 17 hrs ago
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Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (TEPCO) Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Japan is currently the world’s largest nuclear power plant, with a net capacity of 7,965MW.
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa has seven boiling water reactors (BWR) with a gross installed capacity of 8,212MW.
The first five units have a gross capacity of 1,100MW each whereas the sixth and seventh units each have a capacity of 1,356MW.
The first unit began commercial operation in September 1985 and the last unit became commercially operational in July 1997.
Operations at the plant were, however, seized in May 2012 due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. TEPCO has been implementing measures at the plant to meet the new safety guidelines set by Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority. All the reactors of the plant are expected to be restarted by 2021.
Duke Energy will apply for 20-year license renewals for all six of its nuclear power plants in the Carolinas, potentially extending their working lives to eight decade
The announcement Thursday followed Duke’s pledge earlier this week to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by half by 2030, compared to 2005, and to zero net carbon emissions by 2050. Nuclear power plants don’t directly release carbon dioxide and generate nearly half of Duke’s electricity in the Carolinas.
Duke referred to the carbon-free aspect of the plants, and to their impact on the region’s economy, in announcing its bid to extend their operating lives.
“These plants generate clean and cost-effective power, provide thousands of well-paying jobs, and produce substantial economic benefits for the Carolinas,” chief nuclear officer Preston Gillespie said in a statement. “Renewing the licenses of these plants is important for our customers, communities and environment.”
Continuing to operate aging plants is considerably easier than building massively expensive new ones.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2016 granted Duke licenses to build two nuclear reactors near Gaffney, S.C., at a then-estimated cost of $11 billion, but the company has not moved forward with construction. Duke also canceled a contract for a new nuclear plant in Florida.