Firms vie for work on new Clavert Cliffs reactor
By Hanah Cho | hanah.cho@baltsun.com
November 20, 2009



             
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nder a joint venture called Unistar Nuclear Energy, Constellation Energy Group and French utility Electricite de France wants to build new nuclear plants in the U.S., including one at Calvert Cliffs. So far, the proposed unit at Lusby has received approval by Maryland energy regulators and been chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy for "final due diligence" for a federal loan guarantee considered key to financing the unit. The companies are also awaiting approval by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


...If necessary approvals go according to plan, the groundbreaking of the proposed third reactor would begin by 2013 and the plant would come on line in 2017,...


...The PSC imposed several conditions on the deal's approval, including a one-time ratepayer credit of $100 for each BGE residential customer.

             
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Comments by Tommaso Fronte.

                       
               



                         
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alvert Cliffs new nuclear reactor. « If approvals go according to plan » is a key condition which failed in Finland where the regulator had to object repeatedly to breaches of nuclear safety requirements ; now in Finland the EPR project is far from completed and its cost is more than 75% higher than initially agreed ; the power station was scheduled to come on line in 2009, but it’s hard to say when the problems will be appropriately solved …
             
                                                                   
          A nuclear power plant is quite demanding and it takes more than just the expertise in business development or human resource outsourcing to cover the peaks of activity . The applicable standards are stringent but neither operators mind in the first steps of the project nor they learn from previous projects . The Maryland Public Service Commission may find good reason for putting additional conditions during the progress of the project and this may turn into loss what seemed an opportunity. The poorer the nuclear safety culture, the higher the economical risk .
Tommaso Fronte.
             
                                                                   
                         
                         
                                   
                                             
 
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