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Vogtle Units 3 and 4, currently in line to become the first new nuclear power reactors to be built in the United States in decades, are scheduled to go online in 2016 and 2017 at a cost estimated at $14.5 billion.
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The first components of Plant Vogtle's new nuclear reactors arrived in Georgia this week after a 10,000-mile journey from Japan.

"These parts are being shipped to the port of Savannah -- spending four weeks at sea," said David Jones, Southern Nuclear's site vice president for Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4.

The parts, which began arriving by flatbed truck Tuesday, include 58 massive steel plates that -- once assembled -- will form the bottom head of Unit 3's containment vessel.

Jones said that each reactor containment vessel will include five major sections -- each formed by welding together a series of steel plates.

Although the plates can be welded together into sections at the Burke County site, the assembled components cannot be placed into the reactor power block area until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission authorizes formal construction of the reactors by issuing a "combined operating license," Jones said.

The license could be issued in late 2011.

"We expect to receive the COL well in advance of having all 10 of these sections assembled," he said. "The steam generators and other pieces will be here in the 2012 and 2013 time frame, but the reason for these plates coming this early is for the assembly required once they are on the site."

Chicago Bridge & Iron, a Westinghouse subcontractor, will be welding the pieces together with the aid of a unique crane that Jones said will be the largest in the world, based on opinions from the crane industry.

The 650-ton crane, to be assembled on-site, will have an extended boom almost 500 feet long with a vertical, 300-foot extension. It will be anchored with 22.5-foot-long steel bolts in a base made with 3,000 cubic yards of concrete, giving it a lifting capacity of more than 1,000 tons, Jones said.

Vogtle Units 3 and 4, currently in line to become the first new nuclear power reactors to be built in the United States in decades, are scheduled to go online in 2016 and 2017 at a cost estimated at $14.5 billion.

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walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 09/09/10 - 02:05 pm
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We dont roll steel plate in

We dont roll steel plate in this country?

jackragg
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jackragg 09/09/10 - 02:43 pm
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I actually work in this field

I actually work in this field so I can tell you it's not so much buying American or even price. It's availability. Just because there are steel mills/fab shops here doesn't mean they can just drop commitments to other customers and fab up the steel you need. There's a lot of construction going on regardless of what the media says ( Need a job? The US is desperately short of good welders. See link below.). It's quite common to do a project with steel from all over the world. And yes Chinese steel is just as crappy as the rest of their products.
http://weldingandgasestoday.org/content/1q10/weldingtrends.php

Quack Quack Quack
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Quack Quack Quack 09/09/10 - 04:42 pm
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jackragg This article says

jackragg
This article says the steel arrived from Japan. Is it as "crappy" as that from China?

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 09/09/10 - 04:51 pm
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Well, Quack Quack, I've got a

Well, Quack Quack, I've got a friend in Hephzibah, who got rich off steel from China, and the quality is top grade on the equipment he manufactures. Reason; steel is cheaper to import from China, than it is from nearly all steel manufacturers in America. Buisness is in business to make money. If you're in that kind of business, you buy the best for the cheapest price you can get, no matter where it comes from!

dwb619
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dwb619 09/09/10 - 05:19 pm
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How PATRIOTIC is that?

How PATRIOTIC is that?

LCL72
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LCL72 09/10/10 - 04:36 am
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Not Patriotic at all. For

Not Patriotic at all. For love of more profits, We eat our young. I'd pay a little more if in the end my children or grandchildren had the opportunity to work in an American Steel Mill. Period!

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ripjones 09/10/10 - 07:07 am
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You don't want to hear the

You don't want to hear the same old song, but the harsh reality is labor costs, and yes, that means unions, are killing off manufacturing in this country. I'm not saying that unions did not serve a purpose in their time, but their "time is up". And Jack is quite correct -- you don't kill off the jobs you already have on the books.

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Plumone 09/10/10 - 11:11 am
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Before everyone goes nuts,

Before everyone goes nuts, here are the facts Southern Nuclear, which is building Vogtle units 3 and 4 has a Buy ga policy first, and a Buy america Act 2nd. No products are allowed from China or india. Not even a bucket of nails. So the project supports the home front with GA jobs and material first before going national. This country has been out of the nuclear business of 33 years, while other countries progressed. until the US gets back in the nuclear construction business full time, there are some products thate will have to be purchased from japan or countries to meet the high quality standards that are required.

dwb619
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dwb619 09/10/10 - 12:33 pm
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Plumone, good info, thank

Plumone, good info, thank you.

dwb619
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dwb619 09/12/10 - 03:22 pm
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rip, What part did the unions

rip, What part did the unions play in "killing off" the textile industry?

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