Nebraska Public Power
District's board has decided against boosting capacity at the Cooper Nuclear Station in southeast Nebraska, near Brownville.
In December the
board decided to seek federal permission to raise the Cooper Nuclear
Station's power output by 18 percent, to 946 megawatts from 800. That plan was scrapped following the recommendation of NPPD President and CEO Pat Pope.
"After reviewing the costs and schedule risks
associated with conducting an extended power uprate at Cooper, it was
management's recommendation not to move forward on this project," Pope
Pope said the latest, detailed
cost estimates for the project pegged it at $409 million, $120 million
above an earlier estimate. He said NPPD "most likely would not see
sufficient returns to justify that expense."
Other factors contributing to the board's decision included unresolved technical issues with regulators at similar facilities, low natural gas prices, the existing surplus generating capacity held by NPPD and the district's upcoming participation in the Southwest Power Pool's Integrated Marketplace.
The plant received two years ago a 20-year extension of its original operating license to operate through 2034.