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Xcel Energy sued for alleged nuclear plant overrun

By: Associated Press//November 14, 2014//

Xcel Energy sued for alleged nuclear plant overrun

By: Associated Press//November 14, 2014//

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A contractor is suing Xcel Energy Inc. alleging $45 million in unpaid cost overruns during an 18-month overhaul of the Prairie Island nuclear power plant near Red Wing, Minn.

Charlotte, N.C.-based contractor Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Energy contends Xcel Energy has refused to pay the full cost for replacing a pair of massive steam generators at the plant’s Unit 2. The project was completed last December.

Xcel Energy told Minnesota regulators the project cost $285 million. If the $45 million in disputed charges are added to that, the Star Tribune reports it represents a 16 percent cost overrun.

An Xcel Energy spokeswoman said the lawsuit is solely about claims for additional payment that the company considers without merit. She said Xcel Energy will file a response within 20 days.

Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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