Areva delivered a nuclear reactor vessel head to Electrabel for Unit 4 at the Doel nuclear power plant in Belgium.
The 60-ton steel component will be installed as part of the reactor’s outage maintenance. It left the factory in France July 3 and was transported by road to the Doel plant. The control rod mechanisms, which were manufactured at Areva’s Jeumont plant, were welded onto the reactor vessel head on site.
Areva’s services teams from Chalon will later mount the reactor vessel body after it has been loaded into the reactor building. Monitoring and inspection operations will take place after installation.
The reactor vessel head is a protective barrier to the fuel located in the pressure vessel. It has openings for the control rod mechanisms to pass in order to control and regulate the nuclear reaction.
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