Virginia has a long-term energy gap, with a projected deficit of 4,000 megawatts by 2022. In addition, regional demand has grown 40 percent in the last 10 years. This creates an imbalance between demand and generation.
Dominion is a safe, world-class nuclear operator, and as part of its strategy to ensure adequate, reliable electricity for the future, the company is taking steps toward constructing a third nuclear generating unit adjacent to its existing two nuclear units at its North Anna Power Station in Louisa Co., Va.
Dominion Virginia Power has not yet committed to building a new nuclear unit, but expects to make a decision regarding North Anna 3 once federal permission to proceed with construction is received, which is expected in 2015.
Combined Operating License and Early Site Permit
Dominion submitted a Combined Operating License (COL) application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Nov. 27, 2007. If approved, the COL will give the company permission to build and operate North Anna 3.
Approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission will also be necessary. The new unit will join North Anna's Units 1 and 2, which together generate 1,786 megawatts. Dominion's Early Site Permit (ESP) for the North Anna Power Station site received approval from the NRC on Nov. 20, 2007. This means the North Anna site has been found suitable to support an additional reactor. Dominion applied for the ESP in 2003.
GE Hitachi’s ESBWR Nuclear Technology
Dominion Virginia Power has selected GE Hitachi’s ESBWR nuclear technology for its proposed North Anna Unit 3. GE Hitachi has teamed with Fluor, a global construction company, as a consortium for the North Anna Unit 3 project.
The GE Hitachi/Fluor agreement includes a fully negotiated Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract that Dominion Virginia Power and GE Hitachi/ Fluor plan to sign if Dominion Virginia Power decides to build the new unit at North Anna. The agreement with GE Hitachi/ Fluor continues the competitive process implemented by Dominion Virginia Power in 2009 to develop this project under the best terms for the company’s customers and shareholders.
Dominion Virginia Power selected GE Hitachi’s ESBWR reactor technology based on the progress made by GE Hitachi towards obtaining federal approval of its design and because the contract enhancements agreed to are expected to benefit customers and stakeholders over the planned 60-year life of the new unit in comparison to other technologies evaluated.
If constructed, the GE Hitachi ESBWR unit would provide the North Anna Power Station with an additional 1,470 net megawatts of nuclear-generated electricity. It also offers a simpler design in comparison to other technologies, including passive gravity-based safety features – water stored above the reactor that would flow to the reactor by gravity in the unlikely event of a significant nuclear accident and circulate naturally to maintain cooling of the nuclear fuel.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has posted an electronic copy of Dominion’s Joint Permit Application and Addendums (1, 2 & 3) for a Virginia Water Protection (VWP) permit authorizing certain activities that would impact surface waters and wetlands as part of the proposed Unit 3 project at Dominion's North Anna Power Station (referred to as Part I by DEQ).
The Virginia DEQ has issued the final permit authorizing the activities proposed in the Joint Permit Application. View these documents.
The DEQ has issued modifications to the permit. View these documents below.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers has issued the final permit authorizing the activities proposed in the Joint Permit Application. View this document.
The Army Corps of Engineers has issued modifications to the permit. View these documents below.
The King William Wetlands Board has issued the final permit authorizing the activities in King William County proposed in the Joint Permit Application. View this document.
In Fall 2010, Dominion submitted an Application and Addendum #1 for a New Minor Surface Water Withdrawal Permit seeking authorization of temporary water withdrawals from Lake Anna to support construction of the proposed Unit 3 project at Dominion's North Anna Power Station (referred to as Part II by DEQ). The Virginia DEQ has issued the final permit authorizing the proposed construction water withdrawal. View these documents.
In accordance with the construction water withdrawal permit, Dominion must submit monthly water withdrawal reports to DEQ. Below are the monthly reports submitted to DEQ:
The Supplemental Coastal Zone Management Act Consistency Certification prepared by Dominion provides the Commonwealth of Virginia with a consistency certification statement and necessary data and information under Coastal Zone Management Act §307(c)(3)(A) and 15 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 930, sub-part D, for issuance of a combined license (COL) by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), for construction and operation of a proposed new nuclear unit and for the issuance by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) of a Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 permit and Rivers and Harbors Act Section 10 permit. View this document. (Large file - allow time for download.)
DEQ conducted a public hearing on Dominion’s Federal Consistency Certification on March 3, 2011. Links to documents associated with the public hearing can be found on DEQ’s website. DEQ issued a response to the Federal Consistency Certification on May 16, 2011. View these documents below.
To support Site Separation construction activities, Dominion received land disturbance permits from Louisa County and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Dominion received a groundwater well installation permit from the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water, for the installation of a new potable groundwater supply well. View this document.
Dominion received a groundwater well installation permit from Louisa County for the installation of a new groundwater supply well to replace an existing supply line that will be removed during construction. View this document.
Dominion has submitted an application for a VWP permit for withdrawal of water from Lake Anna and surface water impacts to support operation of a potential new generating unit (Unit 3) at the North Anna Power Station. The Virginia DEQ has posted an electronic copy of Dominion’s Joint Permit Application (referred to as Part III by DEQ). View this document. Dominion has submitted two Addendums to the Joint Permit Application: Addendum 1 and Addendum 2.
Public informational meetings about the VWP permit were held Aug. 24 and 26, 2010 at Louisa County High School. Information from these meetings can be found at the following link: Operational Water Withdrawal - Informational Briefing (August 24th and 26th) Posters
In addition to the potential new unit at North Anna, visit our Powering Virginia site to learn about Dominion's other major initiatives in Virginia that are designed to meet the growing demand for energy.