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US: dominion files for 20-Year North Anna licence renewals

Dominion Energy has filed an application with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew North Anna nuclear power station’s operating licences for an additional 20-year term.

The Virginia-based utility company said the renewals would allow the station’s two Westinghouse pressurised water reactor units to operate through to 2060. North Anna-1, a 948-MW PWR, began commercial operation in June 1978 and North Anna-2, a 944-MW PWR in December 1980.

Dominion Energy's filing makes North Anna the second nuclear station in the state to seek a second renewal of its licences, beyond the original 40-year terms. Those original licences were granted in 1978 and 1980 and the extensions in in 2003.

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