Regulators approve uprate project for Florida nuclear power plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Sept. 24 approved a power uprate request by Florida Power & Light (FP&L) to increase the power output of St. Lucie Unit 2 by 17 percent, from approximately 853 to 1,002 MWe.

A similar uprate was approved July 9 for St. Lucie Unit 1. The two pressurized water reactors are located approximately 10 miles southeast of Ft. Pierce, Fla.

FP&L submitted a license amendment request on Feb. 25, 2011, to raise the thermal output of St. Lucie Unit 2 from 2,070 to 3,020 MW thermal.

The NRC staff’s evaluation determined that FP&L could safely increase the reactor’s power output primarily by carrying out upgrades to several plant systems and components, including the steam and power conversion system and the condensate and feedwater system.

FP&L intends to implement the uprate in the next few months.

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