October 13, 2008 / 12:36 PM / 9 years ago

FPL Fla. Turkey Point 4 reactor shut

NEW YORK, Oct 13 (Reuters) - FPL Group Inc’s (FPL.N) 693-megawatt nuclear Unit 4 at the Turkey Point power plant in Florida shut by early Monday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a report.

On Friday, the unit was operating at full power.

The 2,196 MW Turkey Point station is located in Florida City in Miami-Dade County about 25 miles south of Miami.

There are several units at Turkey Point: the 398 MW oil/natural gas-fired Unit 1, the 400 MW oil/gas-fired Unit 2, two 693 MW nuclear units, 3 and 4, the 1,150 MW combined-cycle gas-fired Unit 5, and a handful of 2 MW and 3 MW oil-fired turbines.

Unit 1 entered service in 1967, Unit 2 in 1968, Unit 3 in 1972, Unit 4 in 1973 and Unit 5 in 2007.

Unit 3 continued to operate at full power.

One MW powers about 300 homes in Florida.

In 2002, the NRC approved a 20-year license extension of the original 40-year operating license for both nuclear units at Turkey Point until 2032 and 2033.

FPL plans to spend about $1.5 billion to add about 400 MW of capacity to the company’s existing St Lucie and Turkey Point reactors by 2012.

In addition, FPL notified the NRC it plans to apply in 2009 for permission to build two of Toshiba Corp’s Westinghouse 1,100 MW AP1000 reactors at Turkey Point. FPL however is also considering General Electric Hitachi’s 1,550 MW Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) technology.

If the company decides to go forward with the new reactors, FPL has said the units, 6 and 7, could enter service in the 2018-2020 time frame.

In filings with state regulators, FPL has said two AP1000 reactors and possible needed transmission upgrades could cost $12 billion-$18 billion while two of the larger GE reactors could cost $16.5 billion-$24.3 billion.

One MW powers about 300 homes in Florida.

FPL, of Juno Beach, Florida, owns and operates about 38,000 MW of generating capacity across the United States, markets energy commodities, and transmits and distributes electricity to more than 4.5 million customers in Florida. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich)

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