Nuclear Matinee: VC Summer Nuclear Construction Update

America’s first new commercial nuclear energy reactors in 30 years are under construction at the Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station in Fairfield County, South Carolina, and the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Burke County, Georgia.

Let’s catch up with some of the amazing transformations going on at the V.C. Summer site, where construction of two new AP1000 reactors is well underway.

First, on March 11, 2013, after weeks of long shifts and a final weekend of working around-the-clock, workers at V.C. Summer completed placing the nuclear island basemat for Unit 2.  This major milestone was the first new construction nuclear concrete poured in the U.S. in three decades.

Time-lapse of final 2 days of installation:

On April 3, 2013, another milestone: South Carolina Electric & Gas workers place the 581-ton CR10 module using the Heavy Lift Derrick. This module provides temporary support for the Unit 2 containment vessel bottom head.

Thanks to South Carolina Electric and Gas Company for producing these excellent video updates.

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