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SCE&G places 180,000-pound CA05 module at V.C. Summer Unit 2, S.C.

Nuclear powerSCE&G places 180,000-pound CA05 module at V.C. Summer Unit 2, S.C.

Published 15 December 2014

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G) and its partners placed on 6 December the CA05 structural module on the V.C. Summer Unit 2 nuclear island. The company says this is one of several milestones achieved this year in the construction of nuclear reactors that are among the first in the U.S. in thirty years.

CA05 module being put into place // Source: tamu.edu

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation, and its partners placed on 6 December the CA05 structural module on the V.C. Summer Unit 2 nuclear island. The company says this is one of several milestones achieved this year in the construction of nuclear reactors that are among the first in the U.S. in thirty years. Weighing approximately 180,000 pounds, CA05 forms part of the chemical and volume control system tunnel and passive core cooling system walls within the containment vessel. It consists of reinforced steel plates that will be filled with concrete to provide structural support for the containment building, and the walls will separate multiple rooms in the containment building.

Approximately 3,300 Chicago Bridge & Iron and Westinghouse personnel and subcontractors are employed on the nuclear construction site in Fairfield County, South Carolina, where Unit 1 has operated for more than thirty years. State-owned utility Santee Cooper is a co-owner. The two 1,117-megawatt AP1000 units will add 600 to 800 permanent jobs when operational. Once the two units are complete, SCE&G anticipates its generation mix will be about 30 percent nuclear, 30 percent natural gas, and 30 percent scrubbed coal, with the balance in hydro, solar and biomass.

For more information visit SCE&G on Flickr for nuclear construction photos, and browse the SCE&G library of nuclear development videos on YouTube.

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