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Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station
Country  United States
Location Hollywood, Alabama
Coordinates 34°42′31″N 85°55′45″W / 34.708557°N 85.929222°W / 34.708557; -85.929222Coordinates: 34°42′31″N 85°55′45″W / 34.708557°N 85.929222°W / 34.708557; -85.929222
Owner Tennessee Valley Authority
Reactor supplier Babcock and Wilcox[1]
Reactor type Pressurized water reactor
Reactors canceled 2
Reactors planned 2[1] (2,200 MW)
Status Proposed
Other details
Cost US$6 billion (Units 1 & 2)
NRC region Region 2[1]
Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station
Bellefonte Nuclear in 2009
Bellefonte Nuclear - Aerial

The Tennessee Valley Authority's Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station is located in Hollywood, Alabama.

The two partially-built 1,256 megawatt (MWe) pressurized water reactors on the site were made by Babcock and Wilcox and are called a 205 design due to the number of fuel assemblies in the core. These units are of the same design as WNP-1 which is also unfinished, and as the Mulheim Karlich A reactor in Germany that operated for three years and proved the design. Unit 1 was 88% complete and Unit 2 was 58% when development was suspended in 1988 after a $6 billion investment. Subsequent asset recovery activities, along with more recent inspections of remaining equipment, resulted in BLN 1&2 now being considered approximately 55 percent and 35 percent complete, respectively.[2] Although the construction permits were terminated on September 15, 2006, TVA is investigating completion of these first two units with operation projected to start Unit 1 in 2017 and Unit 2 in 2021. In August 2008 TVA asked the NRC to reinstate the construction permits as part of the restart evaluation. This request was granted by the NRC on February 9, 2009, albeit as a terminated application which will require significant inspection of all systems to bring the license to the deferred stage.

On September 22, 2005 it was announced that Bellefonte was also selected as the site for one or two AP1000 pressurized water reactors to be called Units 3 and 4. TVA filed the necessary applications[3] in November 2007 to begin the design and construction process. For details, see Nuclear Power 2010 Program.

In August 2009, the Tennessee Valley Authority, faced with "falling electric sales and rising costs from cleaning up a massive coal ash spill in Tennessee", trimmed plans for the potential four-unit Bellefonte nuclear plant to one reactor. In April 2010 the Board will make a final review and decision as to how many (if any) reactors will be built on this site.[4]

The rough estimate to complete BLN 1 by itself is $4.2 billion in 2010 dollars.


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