TVA may restart construction of Bellefonte 1 and 2, two unfinished nuclear reactors

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is requesting that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reinstates the construction permits for two unfinished reactors at its Bellefonte site in Alabama. It continues to pursue regulatory approval for two further units at the site. Bellefonte 1 (1213 MWe, 88% complete) and 2 (1213 MWe, 50% complete) are pressurized water reactors. The TVA has budgeted $10 million this year to evaluate resuming construction of Bellefonte 1 and 2.

TVA restarted construction of Watts Bar 2 on October 15, 2007, with the reactor expected to begin operation in 2013. [1177MW reactor that was 50% complete].

[Welcom Instapundit readers: Instapundit had a link to Knoxville Business news coverage on the potential construction restart The construction restart could save $1-4 billion on the cost of each nuclear reactor versus new construction.

TVA also completed construction and restarted the Browns Ferry reactor in 2007.

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I am a supporter of more nuclear power. So I am glad that this is happening. It is not surprising as it is the correct choice.

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Such countries as India, China and Russia need those large scale electricity production units by definition, for their economies are too large to be supplied by something smaller. Putin for instance did not arrange all those conglomerates - they were already there since the USSR times when the country was even larger and needed more centralisation and order. That's basically a way of running a big country.
When speaking about China, their demands for electricity and other resources will grow continuosly if you consider the tendency of moving most industrial production to China (nowadays more then 50% of all mobiles are produced in China). This way, there is nothing surprising in having big nuclear power plants.

TVA may restart construction of Bellefonte 1 and 2, two unfinished nuclear reactors

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is requesting that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reinstates the construction permits for two unfinished reactors at its Bellefonte site in Alabama. It continues to pursue regulatory approval for two further units at the site. Bellefonte 1 (1213 MWe, 88% complete) and 2 (1213 MWe, 50% complete) are pressurized water reactors. The TVA has budgeted $10 million this year to evaluate resuming construction of Bellefonte 1 and 2.

TVA restarted construction of Watts Bar 2 on October 15, 2007, with the reactor expected to begin operation in 2013. [1177MW reactor that was 50% complete].

[Welcom Instapundit readers: Instapundit had a link to Knoxville Business news coverage on the potential construction restart The construction restart could save $1-4 billion on the cost of each nuclear reactor versus new construction.

TVA also completed construction and restarted the Browns Ferry reactor in 2007.

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