Luminant CEO Reaffirms Plans for New Comanche Peak Reactors

At a conference Friday, Luminant Energy CEO David Campbell reaffirmed his company’s plans to add two reactors to the Comanche Peak nuclear plant near Dallas.

Comanche Peak nuclear plant, Photo: NRC“You may want to ask, will the plant get built?” the Dallas Business Journal quoted Campbell as saying at a Southern Methodist University event. “We simply don’t know for sure right now. We’re going to approach it step by step. Fortunately we don’t have to make that decision today. We’re still pursuing a construction and operating license.”

His statement follows the recent decision by NRG to write off plans for two new reactors at the South Texas Project site near Houston, which the utility was pursuing with Toshiba and other partners that potentially included Tokyo Electric Power Co. The later owns the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi, the site of an ongoing station blackout that’s provoked uncertainty about new nuclear build in the U.S. and abroad.

Luminant is among several utilities planning reactors at new and existing sites around the country. The Comanche Peak project would add two Mitsubishi Advanced Pressurized Water Reactors to the site in Somervell County, Texas, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Luminant currently operates two 1,200-megawatt Westinghouse PWRs at the site.

The new reactors would add 3,400 megawatts at a cost of $20 billion. Luminant submitted its application to build them in 2008, and Campbell said he expects license approval in 2013.

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