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Freeport LNG Awards EPC Contract for Third Train at Texas Facility

LCG, March 27, 2015-CB&I yesterday announced that a joint venture (JV) between CB&I, Chiyoda International Corporation, and Zachry Industrial, Inc., was awarded a contract valued over $2 billion by FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC (Freeport LNG) for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the third train of the three-train liquified natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and export facility on Quintana Island, near Freeport, Texas.

AEP Moves Another Step Closer to Retiring 4,400 MW of Coal-fired Generating Facilities by Summer

LCG, March 25, 2015--American Electric Power (AEP) will close six coal-fired power plants by the end of May, with four additional retirements scheduled by year-end. The plant closings are part of the utility's compliance plan for new Environmental Protection Agency EPA regulations, primarily the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) rule that commence in June.

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NRC Extends Operating License for Entergy's Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant

LCG, March 23, 2011--The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued on Monday a 20-year license extension to the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, a 605-MW, nuclear reactor that is owned and operated by Entergy Corp. The existing operating license is scheduled to expire in March 2012.

Entergy's ability to extend the operating life of the plant remains somewhat uncertain, as Entergy apparently agreed to seek state approval to extend the life of the plant when the facility was acquired. Last year, the Vermont Senate voted against relicensing, and the new Governor (and former Senate pro tem) of Vermont is opposed to relicensing.

The recent earthquake, tsunami, and related challenges to control nuclear plant operations in Japan have elevated the concerns. A Vermont representative stated, "The radioactive release in Japan is the result of inundation by water.... We may be a seismically inactive area but we do face the power of water if nature decides to inundate the Vermont Yankee plant. Is it-- and the emergency support systems around it-- up to the task of protecting the people of Vermont?"



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