Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant

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Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant
Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant cooling towers from the north.JPG
CountryUnited States
LocationSalem Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates41°5′N 76°9′W / 41.083°N 76.150°W / 41.083; -76.150Coordinates: 41°5′N 76°9′W / 41.083°N 76.150°W / 41.083; -76.150
Nuclear power station
Reactor typePWR
Reactor supplierAREVA
Power generation
Units cancelled1 × 1600 MW US EPR

The Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant was[1][2][3] a proposed nuclear power plant, which would have been built on the Bell Bend of the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania near the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station.

On October 10, 2008, PPL Bell Bend, LLC, a subsidiary of PPL submitted a Combined Construction and Operating License application (COL) for the plant with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)[4] — in time for the potential plant to qualify for production tax credits under the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005.[5]

NRC review of the 10,000-page COL is expected to follow this schedule:[6]

  • Phase A - Requests for Additional Information (RAIs) Issued to Applicant already on 3/20/2011.
  • Phase B - Advanced Final Safety Evaluation Report (SER) without Open Items by 3/2012
  • Phase C - ACRS Review of Advanced Final SER by 6/2012
  • Phase D - Final SER by 8/2012

The proposed nuclear power plant consists of one European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) steam electric system designed by the French company AREVA. The rated core thermal power will be 4,590 MWt. The rated and design net electrical output is approximately 1,600 MWe.[7] Plants using this technology now are under construction in Finland, France, and China.[8] The plant would be built by PPL and UniStar Nuclear Energy, a joint enterprise of Constellation and French energy giant EDF.

PPL spokesman Dan McCarthy said in 2008 that the plant would cost about $10 billion to develop, and seven to eight years to construct — beginning operation in 2016 or 2017.[8] A 2011 estimate gave costs as $13–15 billion and an operational starting date of 2018-20.[9] PPL filed an initial application for federal loan guarantees by the September 29, 2008 deadline.[10] PPL intended to submit the second part of the application by the December 19 deadline.[8] PPL Chief Operating Officer William Spence said, "Without federal loan guarantees, companies like PPL will not be able to secure financing for the substantial cost of building new, advanced-design nuclear energy plants that will help this country achieve challenging limits on carbon dioxide emissions, as well as energy independence".[11]

The license application was withdrawn on August 31, 2016.[1]

Reactor data[edit]

The Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant project consisted of one planned reactor:

Reactor unit[12] Reactor type Capacity Construction started Electricity grid connection Commercial operation Shutdown
Net Gross
Bell Bend (planned)[13] US-EPR 1600 MW MW


  1. ^ a b "Talen Energy Withdraws Bell Bend License Application". August 31, 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
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  4. ^ "APPLICATION FOR COMBINED LICENSE FOR THE BELL BEND NUCLEAR POWER PLANT" (PDF). Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
  5. ^ "Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant". UniStar Nuclear Energy. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
  6. ^ "Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant Combined License Application Review Milestones (page 4)" (PDF). UniStar Nuclear Energy. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
  7. ^ "Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant Environmental Report" (PDF). Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
  8. ^ a b c Tim Mekeel (1 October 2008). "PPL Works For Option To Build Nuke Plant". Intelligencer Journal. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
  9. ^ retrieved 2011-01-24
  10. ^ "Areva and others beat loan guarantee deadline". World Nuclear News. 30 September 2008. Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
  11. ^ "PPL seeks federal loan guarantee to help construct nuclear power plant". September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
  12. ^ Power Reactor Information System of the IAEA: „United States of America: Nuclear Power Reactors- Alphabetic“
  13. ^ Power Reactor Information System of the IAEA: „Nuclear Power Reactor Details - BELL BEND“

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