4 September 2008 — Exelon Generation submitted a combined construction and operating license (COL) application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to build and operate a dual-unit nuclear generating power plant in Victoria County, Texas.
Exelon said it chose the GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) ESBWR for the Victoria site, should the company ultimately decide to build the plant. The two reactors would be capable of producing at least 3,000 MW. The proposed facility would be built on an 11,500-acre site in southeast Texas.
Before a final decision about construction can be made, Exelon must first obtain public acceptance of the plant and NRC approval of the license application among other approvals. The NRC’s evaluation of the application is estimated to take 3 to 4 years and involves a technical review and public hearing. A decision on the license is not expected before 2012.
Exelon’s COL application is the 12th to be submitted to the NRC by a U.S. nuclear operating company in the past 14 months.
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