- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power will seek a second license renewal with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for its twin-reactor Surry Power Station, the company announced Friday.

If approved, the 1,675-megawatt power station would operate until early 2050. Surry generates electricity to power 419,000 homes and produces 20 percent of the electricity used in Virginia, Dominion said.

Dominion said it sees “no significant barriers” that would prevent a renewal of Surry’s license, which it plans to submit in 2019. The company is signaling its intentions so NRC staff can plan its staffing needs for the renewal, the company said.

Surry’s renewal also needs the approval of Dominion’s board of directors.

David A. Christian, CEO of Dominion Generation, said Surry’s license renewal would support more than 950 high-salary jobs at the plant and benefit the local economy.

“And Surry - like the nation’s other 61 nuclear stations - provides the backbone of the nations’ carbon-free power generation,” Christian said in a statement. He announced the move to renew Surry’s license at a White House symposium on nuclear energy.

Dominion also has a twin-reactor nuclear power plant in Louisa County, the North Anna Power Station. The company has considered a third reactor at North Anna, but hasn’t committed to it.

Surry’s Unit 1 came on line in 1972, while Unit 2 began commercial service the following year. The Surry units were originally licensed to operate 40 years.

Both units were relicensed for an additional 20 years in March 2003.

If the second renewal is approved by the NRC, the units would operate to 2052 and 2053.

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