UniStar Nuclear said that AREVA and BWX Technologies signed an agreement to re-establish commercial nuclear power plant component manufacturing in the U.S. to support UniStar’s future North American fleet of nuclear power plants. UniStar will manufacture components for UniStar’s fleet of U.S. Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR) advanced nuclear power plants and also make replacement components for nuclear plants presently operating in North America. Through UniStar, Constellation Energy and AREVA are the first to procure raw materials to build an EPR – 44 heavy forgings needed for the reactor pressure vessel and steam generators. They will be produced at international facilities and manufactured into final components by BWX Technologies’ in Mount Vernon, Ind. or AREVA in Chalon-St. Marcel, France.
TXU reports it is evaluating 10 to 12 primarily brownfield sites in the PJM Interconnection region as possible locations for new coal plants. The company narrowed the sites from about 150 based on acreage, access to water, railroads and transmission. By year-end, TXU hopes to begin the permitting process for selected sites.
BC Hydro awarded 38 contracts to independent power producers throughout British Columbia to provide additional power supply by 2010. The contracts include 29 hydro, three wind, two biomass, two waste heat and two coal/biomass projects. Projects range in size from less than 1 MW to about 200 MW.
Southern California Edison has begun soliciting long-term power purchase contract offers from independent power producers to invest in new capacity. The utility told the IPP industry it will solicit contracts for up to 1,500 MW lasting up to 10 years for plant that could be available within the next several years.