Last updated: August 17, 2006 08:21am
$14B Nuclear Project Targets TX, LA
By Amy Wolff Sorter
AMARILLO, TX-GE Nuclear Energy Inc. of Wilmington, NC has targeted Texas and Louisiana as sites for two new nuclear technologies and the facilities necessary to run them.
The Advanced Boiling Water Reactor and the Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor will be built at various nuclear generating stations and sites in Texas and Louisiana at an estimated cost of $14 billion. Pending approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the units are scheduled to come online between 2014-2018.
According to information released by marketing information service company Industrial Info Resources in Sugar Land, TX, the five proposed units will be constructed in Amarillo at two as yet undetermined sites; in Wadsworth, TX near the South Texas Nuclear Generating Station; with a fifth unit scheduled for placement in St. Francisville, LA.
In a statement discussing the proposed developments, Industrial Info Resources indicates that a total of 6,500 megawatts of nuclear generation will take place once all units are on line, increasing nuclear capacity in the region by 72%.
A spokesperson for Industrial Info Resources tells GlobeSt.com that Texas and Louisiana have been targeted as sites because of the area's need for electricity. He adds that the projects, as of now, are being spearheaded by reactor owners, which include the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co. a conglomeration of energy companies from central Texas, and Entergy Corp. of New Orleans.
As construction for the projects becomes closer, general contractors and architects will be selected. A definite date for construction launch was not available.