Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Borderline Nuke Power?

Ok, ok... I admit that subject line is deserving of severe "pun"ishment.

What's that you say? There are problems permitting pipelines and nuke power in the US?

No problem -- more energy from Canada is on the way...

Howz a nuclear border fence sound to ya? Just line 'em up east to west along the 49th Parallel.

What are odds that the State Dept will insert itself in cross border grid issues and impede power flow to south?

Maybe Mexico should jump on this distortion in the market (due to US energy permitting/approval problems). Now that would be an interesting maquiladora industry (only half joking)...

New Brunswick

In 2007, the New Brunswick provincial government requested a feasibility study on building a second reactor at the Point Lepreau site. The 2008 study was conducted by the Team Candu consortium of AECL, GE Canada, Hitachi Canada, Babcock & Wilcox Canada and SNC-Lavalin Nuclear. (Team Candu was set up in 2006 to offer fixed price plants on a turnkey basis, and originally the 1085 MWe ACR-1000 was the intended technology, which would have been the first ACR-1000 plant in Canada.) In mid-2010, Areva signed a letter of intent with the government regarding it financing and building a merchant plant using Atmea (1100 MWe PWR) or Kerena (formerly the SWR-1000, a 1250 MWe BWR) technology. While government-owned NB Power would be licensee and operator, the plant would most likely be privately owned and financed rather than publicly financed from government debt. About half of the output is likely to go to the northeastern USA. There is over 1300 MW interconnection to New England, and in 2007 it imported 12 TWh from New Brunswick.

Proposals have also been made for a third reactor in New Brunswick, mainly for the purpose of exporting power to New England.


1 comment:

Sharon S. Stansel said...

As usual, a fantastic post - keep going! I’m saying thanks from the thousands who enjoy your blog and don’t say anything!

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