Atlantic Nuclear Power Plant
The Atlantic Nuclear Power Plant was a proposed floating nuclear power plant located off the coast of New Jersey. It was proposed in the 1970s by the Public Service Electric and Gas Company. Two Westinghouse 1,150 megawatt reactors were ordered in 1972, and another two Westinghouse 1,150 MW reactors were ordered in 1973. The four unit power plant proposal was canceled in 1978.
To be located 1.8 miles (2.9 km) offshore from the Little Egg Harbor and Great Bay (about 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Atlantic City), the plants were to be on man-made islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The islands themselves and the massive concrete breakwaters would be built in a factory on Blount Island near Jacksonville, Florida; they would then be floated by ship to the plant site. The plants were first envisioned in 1969 by an engineer at PSE&G and the reactors were ordered in 1972 for operation starting in the mid-1980s. However, due to increasing costs and environmental protests, the plants were canceled in 1978.
- Nuclear Power Generation and Fuel Cycle Report 1997 p. 61.
- McPhee, John (May 12, 1975). "The Atlantic Generating Station". The New Yorker.
- Cancelled Nuclear Units Ordered in the United States
- Rendering of the plant and construction details
- Atlantic Generating Station Site Chart
- Popular Science Dec 1972 via Google Books
- The Proposal for a Floating Nuclear Powerplant in the Mid-Atlantic (see page 197)