By Editors of Power Engineering
Georgia Power placed a nuclear reactor vessel within the Plant Votgle expansion project near Augusta.
The 306-ton reactor vessel was lifted into its permanent location on Nov. 23, using one of the largest cranes in the world -- a heavy-lift derrick with a 560-foot front boom.
The vessel, fabricated by Doosan Heavy Industries South Korea, stands at 35 feet tall and functions as the heat source from the nuclear fission process.
"The safe placement of the Unit 3 reactor vessel, the first to be placed in our state in decades, inside the nuclear island is a tremendous milestone for the Vogtle project," said Mark Rauckhorst, executive vice president of construction. "With this placement, the unit is one step closer to completion and entering service."
That move comes shortly after the CA01 module for Unit 4 was placed on Nov. 21 – the project's second-heaviest lift.
Additionally, Georgia Power has assembled the squib valves for both units, placed the two million-pound Unit 4 CA20 module, and set the roof trusses for the Unit 3 turbine.
The new units are expected to go into operation in 2019 and 2020.