Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Dominion Va. North Anna 2 reactor exits outage

January 3. 2008

NEW YORK, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Dominion Resources Inc's (D.N: Quote, Profile, Research) 910-megawatt Unit 2 at the North Anna nuclear power station in Virginia exited an outage and ramped up to 82 percent power by early Thursday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a report.

The unit shut by Dec. 26 due to a problem with a reactor coolant pump.

The 1,834 MW North Anna station is located in Mineral in Louisa County, about 50 miles northwest of Richmond. There are two units at the station, the 924 MW Unit 1 and Unit 2, which entered service in 1978 and 1980.

Unit 1 continued to operate at full power.

One MW powers about 700 homes in Virginia.

The NRC in 2003 renewed the unit's original 40-year operating licenses for another 20 years until 2038 and 2040.

The NRC in November 2007 approved of an early site permit for North Anna that will allow Dominion to build one or more new reactors on the site.

Also in November 2007, Dominion filed with the NRC for a license to build and operate a new reactor at North Anna.

The company has partnered with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Bechtel Corp to build a 1,520 MW General Electric Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR).

If Dominion decides to build the reactor, the earliest it could enter service would be 2015.

Dominion operates the existing station for its owners, Dominion (88.4 percent) and Old Dominion Electric Co-op (11.6 percent).

Dominion, of Richmond, Virginia, owns and operates more than 28,000 MW of generating capacity, markets energy commodities, and transmits and distributes electricity and natural gas to customers in 11 states. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich)

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