Vogtle life extension planned

10 July 2007

Southern Nuclear has announced plans to renew operating license for the Alvin W. Vogtle nuclear plant for an additional 20 years.

If the application is approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the operating licenses would be extended to 2047 for Unit 1 and 2049 for Unit 2. The original 40-year licenses for Units 1 and 2 expire in 2027 and 2029, respectively.

The plant has two Westinghouse PWRs each rated at 1215 MW.

A decision on renewal from the NRC is expected in 2009.

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