PITTSBURGH, May 4, 2015 – Westinghouse Electric Company safely delivered approximately 200 tons of reactor vessel components to the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Georgia (U.S.), site of two AP1000® nuclear power plant units under construction, on April 28, 2015.
The completion of this milestone culminated a steadfast effort to fabricate and ship the reactor vessel internals (RVIs) from the Westinghouse Nuclear Components Manufacturing facility in Newington, New Hampshire, to the Vogtle new-plant site.
The RVIs were transported on two shipping skids, one with the components that comprise the lower internals (114 tons) of the nuclear reactor, and one with the components for the upper internals (85 tons) of the reactor. The shipment was flawlessly executed, utilizing the Ports of Portsmouth and Savannah as well as land routes to and from the port locations.
“We are pleased to complete the fabrication and delivery of these reactor vessel components as part of our commitment to the safe, quality construction of new AP1000 units for our Vogtle customer,” said Jeff Benjamin, Westinghouse senior vice president, New Plants and Major Projects. “This milestone was achieved through the manufacturing capabilities of our Newington team and the detailed planning and logistics expertise that enables Westinghouse to move material of this size and weight.”
The primary functions of the RVIs are to support and stabilize the core within the reactor vessel, provide the path for coolant flow and guide movement of the control rods.
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502), is the world's pioneering nuclear energy company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world's first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa., U.S. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants. AP1000 is a trademark of Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All rights reserved.