Safety-related concrete has been poured for the basemat of the second AP1000 unit at the Vogtle plant in Georgia. The milestone means that four AP1000s are now officially under construction in the USA.
the Vogtle plant will be the only four-unit nuclear power plant in the USA.
Two AP1000 units are also under construction at the VC Summer plant in South Carolina, operated by South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G), a subsidiary of Scana Corporation, and co-owned by SCE&G and Santee Cooper. First concrete at Summer 2 came in mid-March, just days before the same milestone at Vogtle 3. First concrete at Summer unit 3 was poured in early November.
Westinghouse senior vice president for nuclear power plants Jeff Benjamin said, “This has been an exciting month for Westinghouse; our consortium partner, Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I); and our customers, as we successfully completed the basemat nuclear concrete placement for the second AP1000 units at both the VC Summer and Vogtle nuclear sites.”
He added, “This milestone has now been achieved at all eight of the AP1000 units we are delivering to our customers globally.”
Four AP1000 reactors are also being built in China, at Sanmen and Haiyang for China National Nuclear Corporation and China Power Investment Corp respectively. Sanmen unit 1 is expected to be the first AP1000 to begin operating. The unit is expected to begin generating electricity next year. All four Chinese AP1000s are scheduled to be in operation by 2016.