The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) expects to receive an application from Amarillo Power to build two nuclear reactors in the vicinity of Amarillo, Texas sometime in 2009. The pending proposal would become one of four nuclear projects in Texas for a total of 8 proposed reactors.
George Chapman, Developer of Amarillo Power, initially told the NRC in March 2006 that he would apply for an Early Site Permit (ESP) and then for a license to operate two General Electric-Advanced Pressurized Water Reactors. In March 2007, Chapman notified the NRC that Amarillo would forego the ESP for a construction and operation license (COL). Additionally, Chapman announced they were working with UniStar to apply for two Evolutionary Power Reactors (EPR).
UniStar is a consortium of Constellation Energy and the French electric company EDF. UniStar, which applied for an EPR in Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, was the first to apply for an EPR in the US. Since then, they have been contracted by several nuclear developers to help in the arduous application process, which can include tens-of-thousands of pages of details and tens-of-millions of dollars spent.
The EPR is of French design, by AREVA, purported to produce 1,600-megawatts, and is expected to be under review by the NRC until May 2011. Building a single EPR generally has been estimated to costs around $10 billion, though an official cost estimate by Mr. Chapman has yet to be reported, nor has the method of raising funds for such an extensive project.
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