Nuclear reactor vessel cavity placed at Plant Vogtle Unit 3


Georgia Power placed the CA-04 module, or the reactor vessel cavity, in the Unit 3 nuclear island at Plant Vogtle on Dec. 4.

The module will house the Unit 3 reactor vessel and is comprised of five sub-modules. It weighs approximately 64,000 pounds and is 27 feet tall and 21 feet wide. It was lifted into place using a 560-foot tall heavy lift derrick.

Georgia Power owns 45.7 percent of units 3 and 4, while Oglethorpe Power Corp., the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities own the remaining share in the reactors. Both units will use 1,100 MW Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors and are expected to be completed by 2017 and 2018.

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