[UPDATED] South Carolina Electric & Gas Company announced a major construction milestone at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station expansion project, the placement, on January 10, of the first steam generator at a Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear plant project in the United States.
SCE&G, principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation, is co-owner of the plant, along with Santee Cooper. The steam generator, with credit going to both companies, weighs approximately 1.5 million pounds, SCE&G said. It measures 20 feet in diameter and is more than 80 feet long. The component, which required one of the world's largest cranes to lift, is one of two that will be required for V.C. Summer Unit 2.
The steam generator was shipped from South Korea to the Port of Charleston, where it went on record as one of the heaviest energy project shipments in the books for the South Carolina Ports Authority. It took an engineering feat of its own just to move the generator from the ship to the specially designed railcar designed for its transport, SCE&G noted.
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