Friday, January 10, 2014
JENKINSVILLE – In a recently released year-in-review video posted to its YouTube channel, South Carolina Electric & Gas Company provides a snapshot of the many milestones achieved in 2013 on its nuclear construction site at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, one of only two such projects in the U.S.
Highlights on the construction site and in the community include:
January: Participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Midlands Technical College Fairfield-Central Success Center. SCE&G contributed to the design of the center at Fairfield Central High School and provided material about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. V.C. Summer employees continue to engage with the students. SCE&G also presented a check to Fairfield County for just over $23 million in property taxes.
February: Received a plaque from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations for the accreditation of the V.C. Summer Units 2 and 3 operations training program.
March: Poured the first new construction nuclear concrete in the U.S. for the first time in 30 years. The nuclear island basemat for Unit 2 consisted of approximately 7,000 cubic yards of concrete — enough to cover 12 football fields or fill 82 swimming pools.
April: Placed CR10, the module that temporarily supports the containment vessel bottom head.
May: Placed the approximately 900-ton containment vessel bottom head with the heavy lift derrick, which is considered the world’s largest crane. Also, the Unit 2 deaerator arrived in May. Measuring 141 feet long, 19 feet in diameter and more than 600,000 pounds, this massive component began its journey from Doosan, Korea, via ship to the Port of Charleston, on a barge to Lake Marion, and then on roadways to V.C. Summer.
June: Received more major equipment deliveries through the Port of Charleston, including the reactor vessel and reactor vessel head, as well as several turbine parts.
August: Hosted Media Day to give reporters and photographers an update on one of South Carolina’s largest-ever construction projects. This included interviews with company executives and a tour of the construction site. Also, SCE&G helped send local elementary students back to school well-equipped with supplies.
September: Participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lake Monticello Family Practice, located just a mile from V.C. Summer. SCE&G will donate $70,000 over three years to the medical facility that will serve local residents. Also, SCE&G placed several major modules, including CA04, which is the reactor vessel cavity.
October: Placed turbine building modules and continued to receive equipment delivered on site.
November: Set the last of three lower condenser sections in the Unit 2 turbine building. Also, SCE&G placed Unit 3’s nuclear island basemat. This approximately 43-hour continuous pour of concrete covered a surface of 32,000 square feet.
December: Completed more massive concrete pours and proceeded with assembly of Unit 2’s CA20 module, which is the auxiliary building that will be located adjacent to the containment vessel.