UniStar withdraws bid to build 3rd Calvert Cliffs nuclear reactor

UniStar's bid to build third reactor at Calvert Cliffs is officially over

The long-stalled bid to build a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant has officially ended.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently approved a request by UniStar Nuclear Energy, an arm of of French energy company Electricite de France, to withdraw its application for a license to operate a third reactor at the facility in Lusby. The company had asked to withdraw in June, four months after asking the NRC to suspend review of its application.

UniStar at one time planned to build the third reactor jointly with Constellation Energy, but the Baltimore-based company withdrew from the project after it failed to secure a key federal loan guarantee.

UniStar proved unable to satisfy a federal law forbidding foreign ownership of a nuclear plant, and the project ran into further difficulty, as the NRC held up certification of the new reactor design UniStar wanted to use, which was produced by another French company, AREVA.

An NRC spokesman said if UniStar wishes to revive the project, it will have to file a new license application. Exelon Corp., which acquired Constellation, now operates Calvert Cliffs.

tim.wheeler@baltsun.com

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