Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee (ENVY) said it will begin to transfer spent nuclear fuel from wet to dry storage two years earlier than originally planned.
ENVY said it would begin moving the spent fuel in 2017 and finish it by the end of 2020. The plant’s ability to transfer all of the spent fuel to two independent spent fuel storage installation pads by that time depends on obtaining a Certificate of Public Good from the Vermont Public Service Board that would authorize ENVY to begin building the second storage pad in early 2016. Construction on the second pad is scheduled for completion in 2017.
ENVY said it would fund the $145 million from external credit lines, rather than from the decommissioning trust fund. The work includes construction of the second pad, procurement of dry fuel storage systems, and transfer of the fuel to dry storage.
Vermont Yankee’s dry storage system vendor said it could accelerate the delivery schedule of dry fuel storage equipment as well as ensure qualified personnel are available to begin the transfer.
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