Grand Gulf Nuclear Station celebrates 30 years of operation

Gran Gulf celebrates 30 years of operation.
Gran Gulf celebrates 30 years of operation. | Courtesy of Entergy

Entergy's Grand Gulf Nuclear Station celebrated 30 years of operation on Wednesday.

The company states that through operations at the facility, local municipalities have benefited from approximately $20 million in tax revenues on an annual basis and an additional $9 million is spent within the local and state economy through purchases of services, fuel and equipment.

"Grand Gulf is proud to be a good neighbor in our community and state," Kevin Mulligan, the site's vice president, said. "At Entergy, we know our employees are our greatest asset -- we live, work and raise our families here. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we will stay committed to high standards in everything we do, in our work and in our communities. Grand Gulf is the world's biggest, and we aim to be the world's best.”

The plant's generating capacity is listed at 1,440 megawatts of electricity following power upgrades that were completed in 2012. According to the announcement, the facility houses the largest boiling water reactor in the United States and it is the fifth largest globally.

The facility's license will last through 2024. The company has submitted an application for a 20-year extension with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

Entergy operates approximately 30,000 megawatts of generating capacity across its fleet of power plants. Approximately one-third of this is in the form of nuclear generation operations.

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