18 Aug (NucNet): The first steam generator has been placed at the Vogtle-3 AP1000 nuclear power plant project in the US state of Georgia, utility Georgia Power said in a statement on 17 August 2017.
Georgia Power file photo of Vogtle construction in July 2017.
The steam generator was lifted into the Unit 3 nuclear island on 15 August 2017 and marks the first major lift under the recently finalised service agreement with Westinghouse which places Southern Nuclear in charge of oversight activities at the construction site. Southern Nuclear is the Southern Company subsidiary which operates the existing two units at Plant Vogtle. Georgia Power, also a Southern Company subsidiary, owns 45.7% of the two new Westinghouse AP1000 units that are under construction. Each new AP1000 unit at Vogtle requires two steam generators, all of which are all now onsite, Georgia Power said. The steam generators for the new units were fabricated in South Korea and transported to the site via the Port of Savannah and then via rail. Following the Westinghouse bankruptcy filing in March 2017, construction at Vogtle has continued uninterrupted, Georgia Power said. In addition to the steam generator placement, other recent progress includes the placement of the first of four accumulator tanks for the new units. The new units at Vogtle are the first to be built in the US in more than 30 years. Related reports in the NucNet database (available to subscribers): Georgia Power, Southern Nuclear Prepared To Assume Vogtle Project Management By Late July (News in Brief No.131, 04 July 2017)