What is the current state of the Laguna Verde Nuclear Plant in Veracruz, Mexico?


The Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant (LVNPP), located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Alto Lucero, Veracruz, Mexico, is the only nuclear power plant in the country. It produces about 4.5% of Mexico’s electrical energy. The plant consists of two units, each with an installed capacity of 682 MW, using low-enriched uranium (3%) as fuel.

Unit-1 started its operation on July 29, 1990, and Unit-2 started its operation on April 10, 1995. The plant is owned and operated by Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), the national electric company owned by the Mexican government. The annual generation average for LVNPP in the last five years has been 10.5 TWh, electric energy sufficient to meet the demand of more than 4 million inhabitants.

In 2020, the Ministry of Energy authorized the operating license extension for unit 1 of an additional 30 years, to a 60-year lifetime to 2050. This means that the unit will have been in commercial operation for 60 years.

However, it’s important to note that in September 2020, the plant experienced a situation of risk during a routine operation. Despite this, the plant continues to operate and contributes significantly to the country’s energy production.

Source: OEM

Veracruz Daily Post