- Oconee Nuclear Station
Oconee Nuclear Station
Oconee Nuclear Station
Country United States Location Oconee County, near Seneca, South Carolina Coordinates Coordinates: Status Operational Commission date Unit 1: July 15, 1973
Unit 2: Sept. 9, 1974
Unit 3: Dec. 16, 1974
Licence expiration Unit 1: Feb. 6, 2033
Unit 2: Oct. 6, 2033
Unit 3: July 19, 2034
Construction cost ~$500 million Owner(s) Duke Energy Operator(s) Duke Power Architect(s) Duke and Bechtel Reactor information Reactors operational 3 x 846 MW Reactor type(s) pressurized water reactor Reactor supplier(s) Babcock and Wilcox Power generation information Annual generation 20,565 GW·h Net generation >500,000 Website
As of 2008-11-17
The Oconee Nuclear Station is a nuclear power plant located on Lake Keowee near Seneca, South Carolina, and has an energy output capacity of over 2,500 megawatts. It is the second nuclear power plant in the United States to have its operating license extended for an additional twenty years by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) (the application for the Calvert Cliffs plant in Maryland preceded it).
Oconee was the first of three nuclear stations built by Duke Energy. According to Duke Energy's web site, the station has generated more than 500 million megawatt-hours of electricity, and is "the first nuclear station in the United States to achieve this milestone."
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission defines two emergency planning zones around nuclear power plants: a plume exposure pathway zone with a radius of 10 miles (16 km), concerned primarily with exposure to, and inhalation of, airborne radioactive contamination, and an ingestion pathway zone of about 50 miles (80 km), concerned primarily with ingestion of food and liquid contaminated by radioactivity.
The 2010 U.S. population within 10 miles (16 km) of Oconee was 66,307, an increase of 11.5 percent in a decade, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data for msnbc.com. The 2010 U.S. population within 50 miles (80 km) was 1,404,690, an increase of 14.8 percent since 2000. Cities within 50 miles include Greenville (30 miles to city center).
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's estimate of the risk each year of an earthquake intense enough to cause core damage to the reactor at Oconee was 1 in 23,256, according to an NRC study published in August 2010.
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- "Oconee Nuclear Power Plant, South Carolina". U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). October 3, 2008. http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/nuclear/page/at_a_glance/reactors/oconee.html. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
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