Ameren files for 20 year extension at Callaway Nuclear

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Ameren Missouri filed an application with theU.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission   (NRC) to extend its operating license of the Callaway Energy Center for 20 years.

The power plant’s current 40-year license expires in 2024. The extension would allow the facility to remain operational until 2044.

The plant, which is the state’s only commercial nuclear unit, has one 1,190-megawatt Westinghouse four-loop pressurized water reactor and a General Electric turbinegenerator. It is owned by the Ameren Corporation and operated by Ameren Missouri.

In 2001, Callaway set a plant record for capacity utilization, producing 101.1 percent of its rated electrical output, ranking it among the world’s top reactors, according to the Energy Information Administration.

On July 28, 2008, Ameren Missouri submitted an application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), seeking a Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for a potential second unit. According to Thomas R. Voss, president and chief executive officer of Ameren Missouri, “Given projections for a nearly 30 percent increase in demand for power in Missouri in the next two decades, we believe we will need to build a large generating plant to be on line in the 2018–2020 timeframe.”

Source: BizJournals

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