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Tuesday , November 29 2022

Unfinished nuclear power plant sold for $111 million

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HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has sold an unfinished nuclear power plant in northeast Alabama for $111 million.

Nuclear Holdings LLC purchased the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant at auction Monday. The sale price was more than three times the minimum bid of $36.4 million.

The company plans to finish the twin-reactor as a nuclear power plant and bring it online. Such a project could mean billions of dollars in spending and hundreds of jobs in the Tennessee Valley.

Work began at the Bellefonte site in the mid-1970s, but the TVA never finished the two-reactor plant as demand for electricity waned. The utility says it has spent about $5 billion at the plant.

The purchaser gets two unfinished reactors, several buildings and 1,600 acres of land on the Tennessee River.