Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2 (NUREG-1920, Volume 1)
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Manuscript Completed: April 2009
Date Published: April 2009
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
This safety evaluation report (SER) documents the technical review of the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (VEGP), Units 1 and 2, license renewal application (LRA) by the United States (US) Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff (the staff). By letter dated June 29, 2007, Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc. (SNC or the applicant) submitted the LRA in accordance with Title 10, Part 54, of the Code of Federal Regulations, "Requirements for Renewal of Operating Licenses for Nuclear Power Plants." SNC requests renewal of the Units 1 and 2 operating licenses (Facility Operating License Numbers NPF-68 and NPF-81, respectively) for a period of 20 years beyond the current expiration date of January 16, 2027, for Unit 1, and February 9, 2029, for Unit 2.
VEGP is located approximately 26 miles southeast of Augusta, GA. The NRC issued the construction permits for Unit 1 on June 28, 1974, and on June 28, 1974, for Unit 2. The NRC issued the operating licenses for Unit 1 on March 16, 1987, and on March 31, 1989, for Unit 2. Units 1 and 2 are of a dry ambient containment pressurized water reactor design. Westinghouse Electric supplied the nuclear steam supply system and Georgia Power Company originally designed and constructed the balance of the plant with the assistance of its agent, Southern Services and Bechtel. The licensed power output of each unit is 3625.6 megawatt thermal with a gross electrical output of approximately 1250 megawatt electric.
This SER presents the status of the staff's review of information submitted through February 16, 2009, the cutoff date for consideration in the SER. The staff identified no open or confirmatory items that would require a formal response from the applicant. SER Section 6 provides the staff's final conclusion of its LRA review.