New video from Westinghouse Electric shows the journey the one steam generator took from the port of Charleston, South Carolina to the site of two Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer site in Jenkensville.
The generators were built in South Korea and shipped to Charleston through the Panama Canal in December 2014. They each weigh more than one million pounds. The move took five years of planning, including developing a load distribution system to disperse the weight of the generators evenly. The corner of a building at the port had to be cut out so the generator could make it around a sharp curve, bridges were rebuilt and even the specialized train car was modified.
The AP1000 reactors at the V.C. Summer site are expected to be completed by 2019 and 2020 and cost $6.8 billion. The project at Plant Vogtle in Georgia is scheduled for completion in the same time period and cost more than $7.5 billion.
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