World Nuclear News reported today:
Japan’s Toshiba announced that the manufacture of the condenser for unit 3 of the Vogtle nuclear power plant in the USA has been completed and the component is now being shipped to the plant construction site.
This annoys me because the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not issued a combined construction and operating license for the Vogtle expansion. The fact that Southern Company, Vogtle’s owners, has already ordered a 3,300 metric tonne part for a new reactor that has not been licensed either means that Southern assumes that the license will be issued, which strikes me as arrogant, or Vogtle knows that it will be able to pass the costs off to its ratepayers if the NRC says no.
WNN says that the condensor, manufactured in Korea by BFI, “left BHI’s plant in Sacheon on 21 November and will begin its journey by sea from the port of Masan to Savannah in Georgia in early December.”