Dominion Energy said this week it had filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to renew Surry Power Station's operating licenses for an additional 20-year term, which makes it the third nuclear plant in the country to seek permission to operate its reactors for up to 80 years.
The current operating license for the plant, including Surry Units 1 and 2, run through 2032 and 2033, respectively. The renewed licenses, if granted, would allow the units to run to 2052 and 2053, Dominion noted.
The plant has already been granted one subsequent license renewal (SLR). It now joins the Turkey Point units 3 and 4, both Westinghouse Three-loop Pressurized Water Reactors, operated by Florida Power and Light, and Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plants units 2 and 3, both Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactors, operated by Exelon Generation, as nuclear power facilities with applications filed a second 20-year license extension.
"Our application to renew Surry Power Station's licenses for another 20-year period is good news for our customers, the regional economy and the environment," said Dan Stoddard, Dominion Energy's Chief Nuclear Officer.
There are jobs at stake, as well. The power plant currently runs with a workforce of about 900 personnel, Stoddard noted. In addition, Dominion expects that costs to bring the plants up to code for an additional 20-years of operations could mean expenditures of $4 billion over the next 10 years.
Both reactors at Surry Power Station are three-loop Westinghouse pressurized water reactors – capable of producing 1,676 net megawatts, "about 15 percent of the electricity our customers receive," Dominion said.
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