Dominion Virginia Power notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of its intent to file a second license renewal application for one of its nuclear stations. Surry Power Station would be one of the first nuclear stations in the nation to receive a second license extension if Dominion completes the process and the application is approved.
David A. Christian, CEO of the company's Dominion Generation business unit, made the announcement at a White House symposium on the future of nuclear energy in the United States.
The company is reviewing all technical aspects associated with the renewal, and while not yet complete, sees no barriers that would prevent a license renewal submittal in 2019. The letter of intent is necessary so the NRC can plan its staffing needs to support te license renewal effort. Moving forward with the license renewal application will require the approval of the company's board of directors.
Surry Power Station is located in Surry County, Va. Its two nuclear units — both three-loop Westinghouse pressurized water reactors — provide 1,676 net MW of electricity or enough power for 419,000 homes. Unit 1 began commercial service in 1972 and Unit 2 began commercial service in 1973.
Like all U.S. nuclear units, the Surry units originally were licensed to operate for 40 years. The units' licenses were renewed for 20 additional years of operation on March 20, 2003, following a stringent review process authorized under federal law. The Surry nuclear units' licenses currently expire in 2032 and 2033, but will operate to 2052 and 2053 with renewed licenses.
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of about 24,400 MW of generation, 12,200 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,490 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 928 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves utility and retail energy customers in 14 states.