Bechtel Congratulates for Receiving 1st Nuclear Fuel Shipment

Source: 12/22/2020, Location: Asia

Bechtel applauds the historic accomplishment recently made by Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear to receive its first nuclear fuel shipment for Vogtle Unit 3. This represents the first nuclear fuel delivery for the newly designed AP1000 reactor.

In order to receive nuclear fuel, construction of specific areas of Unit 3 had to be completed and inspected, ensuring critical infrastructure, such as the fuel vault and spent fuel pool, met construction quality and design requirements. Before the Bechtel-led construction team turned over the fuel handling area of Vogtle Unit 3 to the operations team, the Vogtle 3 & 4 site implemented specific and comprehensive policies, procedures, and security measures to safely receive, handle, and store the nuclear fuel. Unit 3 construction is now approximately 96 percent complete.

With the receipt of the first nuclear fuel assemblies, the Vogtle 3 & 4 project remains focused on one of the last major milestones ahead for Unit 3, hot functional testing. This series of tests is the last critical step before fuel load and ultimately, in-service operation.

“Our congratulations go to Georgia Power, Southern Nuclear, and the thousands of people who have worked to reach this significant milestone,” said Bechtel project director Brian Reilly.

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