Saturday, June 20, 2009

Duke and French Company Plan Nuke Plant in Ohio

Duke Energy and French nuclear reactor manufacturer Areva are studying whether to build a reactor in southern Ohio at a uranium enrichment plant. The Portsmouth plant, in Piketon, Ohio is owned by the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), which is trying to develop a new kind of centrifuge to enrich uranium for use in nuclear power plants.

The plant would be built as a regulated generator, not a merchant generator, and state approvals could allow the company to begin collecting money before it is finished. The plant would provide 4,000 to 5,000 construction jobs and 500 to 700 permanent jobs. The reactor would be one of a series of plants planned by Unistar, a joint venture to build Areva plants, formed by Constellation Energy and Electricite de France. (NYT-Green,Inc, 6/18/09, Photo: AP)

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