Latest delays at S.C. reactor project raise investor hackles
Everyone knew the delay announcement was coming.
South Carolina's nuclear project has been using the same vendors and was facing the same issues as Georgia's expansion project. Georgia Power reported more than a year ago that the twin reactors at Plant Vogtle would be starting up roughly 19 months later than originally thought, so SCANA Corp.'s announcement Monday of a major delay at its V.C. Summer nuclear site wasn't a major surprise.
Warnings on reactor clusters cap off big week for nuclear
The latest analysis on the causes and lessons from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster says the U.S. industry and reactor operators should pay close attention to how an unplanned event could impact more than one reactor on-site.
This is particularly important as 70 percent of U.S. nuclear sites have twin reactors, and one site in the Southeast soon will have as many as four. Federal environmental regulations on carbon also have put nuclear back in the spotlight as a source of emission-free baseload power, which means more reactors could get built in the next couple of decades.
The report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) did not say utilities should not have more than one reactor at a site. It also did not talk about whether the safety and unplanned disaster response at multiple reactors should play into future considerations.
Southern Co. weighs year-end announcement of new nuclear project
Southern Co. may be months away from announcing a new nuclear project, the utility's chief executive said today.
"I would love to announce by the end of this year the development of a new nuclear option," CEO Tom Fanning told reporters after a speech at the American Energy Innovation Council conference in Washington, D.C.
While he stopped short of announcing the project, he said, "If things continue to move forward, maybe we will" by year's end.
In 'Fukushima Building,' TVA tests a new age of nuclear construction
SPRING CITY, Tenn. -- A new $185 million building here can withstand an earthquake, floods and tornadoes.
The floor is tied to bedrock.
The door and wall can withstand "missiles," which could mean actual weapons but more likely would be objects pummeled through the air during a tornado, hurricane or other severe weather event.
This is the new "FLEX Storage Equipment Building" at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar nuclear power plant. TVA officials simply call it the "Fukushima Building."