Entergy selects engineers

30 August 2006

Entergy Nuclear has appointed Burns and Roe Enterprises as owner’s engineer to assist with technical and project management functions required for new nuclear plant development.

“We need specialised engineering assistance for a major project like a new nuclear plant,” said Randy Hutchinson, senior vice president of Entergy Nuclear business development, adding: “Burns and Roe will be supplying engineering expertise relating to new plant development.”

Entergy hopes to receive the first early site permit in the USA early next year for its Grand Gulf station near Port Gibson, Mississippi, which NuStart Energy, a consortium of 12 nuclear companies, has selected as one of two plant sites it will use for a combined construction and operating licence (COL) from the NRC. NuStart plans to submit its COL application in 2007 and projects receiving approval by 2010, Entergy could then assume the COL from NuStart if a decision to build is made.

Separately, Entergy Nuclear also is preparing a COL for 2008, for a possible new unit adjacent to its Gulf States’ River Bend station near St. Francisville, Louisiana.

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