2014-03-12 / News

MEGA LIFT

1,100-TON MODULE PLACED AT NEW VOGTLE UNIT

More than five stories tall and weighing 1,100-tons, it was the biggest lift yet. At Plant Vogtle Saturday, the CA20 module, essentially a large building that will house used fuel storage and other plant components, was placed in the Unit 3 nuclear island. Workers used one of the world’s largest cranes, a 560-heavy lift derrick, to set it in place, as shown above.The module, which measures about 67 feet long by 47 feet wide, was assembled from prefabricated wall and floor sections and then brought to Burke County by rail and truck from contractor CB&I’s facility in lake Charles, Louisiana. Since Jan. 1, the project has marked several other major milestones including the February placement of the 460-ton CR10 module (or cradle) into the Unit 4 nuclear island where the reactor’s containment vessel will eventually be set. The units are still expected to begin commercial operation by the end of 2018, according to construction monitoring reports filed with the Georgia Public Service Commission at the end of February.

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