FP&L can increase output of nuclear power plant, NRC says

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved a request by Florida Power & Light (FP&L) to increase the power generating capacity of the 853 MWe St. Lucie Unit 1 by 12 percent. The power uprate for the pressurized water reactor, approximately 10 miles southeast of Ft. Pierce, Fla., will increase the unit’s power generating capacity to 982 MWe.

The NRC said its staff’s evaluation determined that FP&L could safely increase the reactors’ power output primarily by carrying out significant upgrades to several plant systems and components, including the feedwater pumps and the high-pressure turbine. The NRC’s safety evaluation of the plant’s power uprate focused on several areas, including the nuclear steam supply systems, instrumentation and control systems, electrical systems, accident evaluations, radiological consequences, fire protection, operations and training, testing, and technical specification changes.

FP&L intends to implement the uprate in the next few months.

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