What Was Accomplished

The full power license for St. Lucie Unit 2 was received from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on June 10, 1983, just six years after construction began (see Figures 1 and 2). The industry average for construction of nuclear plants in this time period is about ten years (see Figure 3).

During the course of the project we were constantly on or near our schedule and always ahead of industry averages (see Figures 4 and 5). This was done despite issuance of numerous regulations by the NRC (TMI), a 1979 hurricane which did considerable damage to the Reactor Auxiliary Building, labor problems, and an NRC schedule review team that determined the best we could do was to complete the plant a year later.

The final price tag is about $1.42 billion, including allowance for funds used during construction (AFUDCf. Many plants completed in this time frame are in the $2 to $5 billion range. By completing the plant on schedule our customers additionally benefit from the lower cost of nuclear fuel now. St. Lucie Unit 2 displaces about eight million barrels of imported oil annually.

COMPARISON OF CONSTRUCTION START TO FUÈL LOAD*

Plant

Fuel Load

Number of Months

MCGUIRE 1

1/81

117

LASALLE 1

4/82

103

GRAND GULF 1

5/82

92

SUSQUEHANNA

8/82

100

SUMMER 1

8/82

112

SHOREHAM 1

2/83

124

SAN ONOFRE 2

2/82

96

WATERFORD 3

5/83

102

ST. LUCIE 2

3/83

71

BYRON 1

8/83

100

ENRICO FERMI 2

6/83

169

COMANCHE PEAK 1

6/83

104

CALLAWAY 1

4/84

103

MIDLAND 2

7/83

124

WATTS BAR 1

8/83

127

PALO VERDE 1

8/83

87

WASHINGTON NUCLEAR 2

9/83

133

PERRY 1

11/83

109

SEABROOK1

9/84

99

WOLF CREEK 1

10/84

93

LIMERICK 1

10/84

173

CATAWBA 1

10/84

125

HARRIS 1

12/84

131

BRAIDWOOD 1

4/85

116

RIVER BEND 1

4/85

72

BELLEFONTE 1

5/85

128

WASHINGTON NUCLEAR 3

6/85

98

MILLSTONE 3

12/85

139

BEAVER VALLEY2

12/85

140

♦Source NRC Yellow Book -^June 1982

♦Source NRC Yellow Book -^June 1982

Figure 1

In addition to the cost and schedule achievements, the performance of the plant operation to date indicates a quality technical effort as well. The hot functional test, for example, was completed in twenty-seven days versus an average of some two months for other plants. The fuel was loaded into the core in less than four days versus an industry average of eight to ten days.

In operation to date, the post core loading test program has been completed in less than two months, enabling us to put the plant into commercial operation only two months after its original scheduled date of May 28, 1983!

COMPARISON OF CÔNSTRUCTItftl START T6 MD HYDRO

Number of

rant 1

MWE

Months

BYRON 1 * A.

1120

„t. 75 . ' .

' J

DIABLO CANYON 1

1084 *

84

FARLEY 2

829

82 ,

McGUIRE t .

1180

88

1 T£

NORTH ANNA 2

907 ,

101

SALEM 2, , SAN ONOPRE 2

. 870 1140

^ ' Tifil ¥

tffo.

SEQUOYAH 1

1128

SEQUOYAH 2

1148

St. LUCIE 2

m

, 59 » v iu

SUMMER 1

900

79

WATTS BAR 1

1165

* 105 !

AVERAGE TIME (Months)

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