NRC making public the license application for new South Texas Project units

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a notice to be published in the April 28 Federal Register that it is making available for public review the pending license application for Units 3 and 4 of the South Texas Project.

In September 2007, South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co. (STPNOC) submitted to the NRC an application for combined licenses (COLs) for two additional units (Units 3 and 4) at the South Texas Project (STP) site in Matagorda County near Bay City, Texas. The NRC published a notice of receipt and availability for this COL application in the Federal Register in December 2007. In a January 2011 letter, STPNOC notified the NRC that affiliate Nuclear Innovation North America LLC (NINA) became the lead applicant for STP Units 3 and 4. This April 28 notice is being published to notify the public of the availability of the COL application for STP Units 3 and 4 and various revisions to that application.

The additional units are based on the U.S. Advanced Boiling Water Reactor design, which is certified in federal regulations.

The NRG South Texas LP unit of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) is a 44% owner of a joint undivided interest in STP, with the other owners of STP being the City of Austin, Texas (16%) and the City Public Service Board of San Antonio (40%). STPNOC was founded by the then-owners in 1973 to operate the plant and it is the operator licensee and holder of the Facility Operating Licenses NPF-76 and NPF-80. STPNOC is a nonstock, nonprofit, nonmember corporation. Each owner of STP appoints a board member (and the three directors then choose a fourth director who also serves as the chief executive officer of STPNOC). A participation agreement establishes an owners’ committee with voting interests consistent with ownership interests.

The STP site contains two existing nuclear units, STP Units 1 and 2, which are licensed by the NRC and have a combined net electric generating capacity of approximately 2500 MW(e). Unit 1 began commercial operation in March 1988, and Unit 2 began commercial operation in March 1989.

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