The project team at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle site completed the placement of the Unit 4 containment vessel bottom head (CVBH) into the unit’s nuclear island.
The 900-ton CVBH was lifted into place using a 560-foot tall heavy lift derrick and took approximately four hours. The components were fabricated on site by contractor CB&I (NYSE: CBI).
Construction of both units if progressing and commercial operation dates remain at the fourth quarter of 2017 for Unit 3 and the fourth quarter of 2018 for Unit 4. Both units will use the 1,100-MW Westinghouse AP1000 technology.
Westinghouse said in a statement on its Facebook page that it commended Georgia Power with achieving the milestone.
“The successful placement of the containment vessel bottom head for Vogtle Unit 4 is a further sign of the significant progress we are making in delivering a new generation of safe, clean and reliable energy in the United States. Westinghouse is proud to work with our customer, Georgia Power, and our delivery partners on this important investment in the future of the state and region,” said Jeff Benjamin, senior vice president of Nuclear Power Plants with Westinghouse.
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