Oyster Creek Generating Station Eyed as Small Nuclear Reactor Site

MODERNIZE: Oyster Creek Generating Station is a reference web-site for the duration of the setting up of a little modular reactor. (File Picture by Jack Reynolds)
Previously this month, Holtec International said it continues to be open up to the likelihood of creating the decommissioning Oyster Creek Nuclear Making Station the web-site of its 1st SMR-160, heading so significantly as to designate it a single of several reference web-sites for the tiny modular nuclear reactor.
Oyster Creek is owned by Oyster Creek Environmental Protection and is staying decommissioned by Holtec Decommissioning International, based mostly in Camden. Each are subsidiaries of Holtec Global, an power know-how corporation also based in Camden.
In its latest version of “Holtec Highlights,” an online e-newsletter revealed consistently, officials explained the likelihood of locating an SMR-160 at Oyster Creek would arrive pending area and condition support and “in consideration of the state’s bold purpose to have 100 % carbon-neutral electric power era by 2050 as outlined in the New Jersey Strength Grasp Program.”
While Oyster Creek has not been specified as a industrial job at this time, officials stated it will be employed as just one of various reference web sites for the completion of the SMR-160 conventional design and style.
The SMR-160 is a pressurized drinking water reactor with passive safety techniques developed by SMR, LLC, a Holtec International company, according to its project website page on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission web-site.
“The reactor, steam generator and used gasoline pool are found in containment with the reactor main perfectly down below quality,” in accordance to its description on the NRC job page. “The SMR-160 has a rated electrical output of 160 MWe,” or megawatt electric.
Holtec officials claimed the SMR-160 is getting done to match a large selection of site environmental parameters so it can be deployable at a generic web site. The SMR-160 is becoming developed by Holtec’s Superior Manufacturing Division in Camden, just two several hours from the Oyster Creek website in Lacey Township.
“The initial-mover states stand to profit the most in conditions of financial improvement, taking into consideration the financial commitment and source chain development in executing the 1st SMR-160 job,” officials claimed. “The first reference plant is also envisioned to provide as a hub for international people as adhere to-on initiatives abroad occur to benchmark the reference web-site.”
Holtec hopes to have a web page development license issued by the NRC for the SMR-160 by 2025, the same calendar year decommissioning of the shuttered Oyster Creek plant is envisioned to be concluded. Holtec officers will talk to for a partial web page release, with the only exception being the onsite dry cask storage pad. Dry storage ought to stay at the website until eventually the federal federal government can take possession of it.
Oyster Creek, a boiling drinking water reactor driven by Standard Electric, permanently ceased operations on Sept. 17, 2018. Under its decommissioning designs, HDI moved employed gasoline from its spot in the spent nuclear pool to an onsite dry storage facility immediately after the nuclear squander cooled for 2½ yrs. All of Oyster Creek’s utilised nuclear gasoline was moved to its spent gasoline pool in September 2018, about a week following the plant was shuttered by its previous homeowners.
In addition to searching for acceptance for its SMR-160, Holtec is seeking a allow to create and run a consolidated invested gasoline internet site on somewhere around 1,040 acres of land in Lea County, N.M. The land is owned by Eddy-Lea Electricity Alliance, a general public entire body created through a joint-powers arrangement in between Eddy and Lea counties as properly as the metropolitan areas of Carlsbad and Hobbs, situated in southeast New Mexico.
In its license application for the facility, Holtec is seeking authorization to keep 5,000 metric tons of uranium in around 500 expended nuclear gas canisters under a 40-yr license. The canisters proposed by Holtec have the possible to maintain up to 8,680 MTUs from industrial nuclear reactors as well as a little amount of used blended-oxide gasoline.
— Gina G. Scala

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