William States Lee III Nuclear Generating Station

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William States Lee III Nuclear Generating Station
William States Lee III Nuclear Generating Station is located in South Carolina
William States Lee III Nuclear Generating Station
Location of William States Lee III Nuclear Generating Station
Country United States
Location Cherokee County, near Gaffney, South Carolina
Coordinates 35°2′0″N 81°30′40″W / 35.03333°N 81.51111°W / 35.03333; -81.51111Coordinates: 35°2′0″N 81°30′40″W / 35.03333°N 81.51111°W / 35.03333; -81.51111
Construction cost $11 billion (estimate)
Owner(s) Duke Energy
Nuclear power station
Reactor type AP1000
Reactor supplier Westinghouse
Power generation
Units planned 2 x 1117 MW

The William States Lee III Nuclear Station is a planned two-unit nuclear power plant. Duke Energy filed the Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) application for the plant on December 13, 2007 to the NRC. With this application, Duke Energy was the fourth company to apply for a license under the new procedure, and the license will be modeled after the Bellefonte NPP application that was filed by NuStart Energy two months prior, which is possible because both plants will use the AP1000 standard design.[1] Duke expects to receive the COL for Lee in 2012. The first unit could come on line about 2016-2018.[2]

The plant is named for William States Lee III (1929–1996), former chief executive officer (CEO) of Duke Energy (1982–94). This site will be adjacent to the Cherokee Nuclear Power Plant site which was never completed and abandoned in the early 1980s, and used by James Cameron as a film set for the 1989 movie The Abyss.

Costs and economics[edit]

In December 2007, Duke Power announced that it would spend $160 million in 2008 on the plant and that total costs could range 5–6 billion dollars.[3] In November 2008, Duke estimated the overnight cost of the plant at $11 billion.[2]

Reactor data[edit]

The William States Lee III Nuclear Generating Station will consist of two reactors.

Reactor unit[4] Reactor type Capacity Construction started Electricity grid connection Commercial operation Shutdown
Net Gross
William States Lee III -1 (planned)[5] AP1000 1117 MW MW
William States Lee III -2 (planned)[6] AP1000 1117 MW MW

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