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 Nuclear power plant in Callaway, USA

 Nuclear power plant in Callaway, USA

The Callaway nuclear power plant is a nuclear power facility for the generation of electricity. This nuclear power plant operates in the central part of the United States. The nuclear facility is located in Calloway County, Missouri.

The Callaway nuclear power plant was launched in December 1984. The plant's only nuclear reactor has a capacity of 1,236 megawatts (MW). The nuclear reactor is a nuclear PWR pressurized water reactor manufactured by Westinghouse. The current reactor provides 19% of Missouri's electricity needs.

The power plant is operated by Amerenue. The plant was synchronized with the network on October 24, 1984.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's estimate of the risk each year of an earthquake intense enough to cause damage to the reactor core at Callaway was 1 in 500,000, according to an NRC study published in August 2010. This was the probability lowest of any reactor in the United States.

Unit 2 proposal and cancellation

On July 28, 2008, an application was submitted to the US Nuclear Energy Supervision Commission. For the construction of the second power unit in the Callaway nuclear power plant with a capacity of 1600 MW for 2018-2020. However, in April 2009, the proposal was rejected due to the high cost of the new reactor. In 2015, the decision was made to build new solar power plants in Missouri to compensate for the increased energy consumption.

In April 2009, the proposal was canceled. A key obstacle was a law that prohibited utility companies from charging customers interest accrued on the $ 6 billion loan required to build a new power plant before it produces electricity. The new nuclear plant would have cost at least $ 6 billion.

In April 2012, Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse Electric Company announced their intention to seek federal funds for the installation of a new generation of nuclear reactors at the Callaway site. The US Department of Energy It could provide up to $ 452 million in research and development funds to Westinghouse. The new nuclear reactors would be smaller and it has been claimed that they would be safer in design than any other that is currently operating. Ameren Missouri would apply for the license of up to five of the 225-megawatt reactors at the Callaway site, more than double its current electrical power.

In August 2015, all plans for further expansion of the generation of electricity with nuclear energy on the site were discarded. The previous month, Ameren announced that new solar facilities would be built in Missouri.

Incidents at the Callaway nuclear power plant

In April 2013, there was an explosion at the nuclear plant. The reason was a short circuit in the non-nuclear part of the station. Three people were injured as a result of the explosion.

On July 28, 2013, the reactor was shut down in the only power unit of the nuclear power plant due to a fire in the turbine room.

Reactor typePWR
Reactor modelW (4-loop) DRYAMB
Grid connection1984-10-24
OwnerAmeren Ue, Union Electric Company
OperatorAmeren Ue, Union Electric Company
CountryUnited States
ZoneCallaway County, Missouri
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Last review: November 27, 2018

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