With Watts Bar Unit 2 expected to begin operating this month, will it have any significant effect on the industry? It's somewhat a milestone.
There are four other brand new reactors currently under construction in the US with NRC approval. Two in GA at Vogtle, two in SC at Virgil. The 1st Vogtle reactor is scheduled to start around 2019. The five together, including Watts Bar, will produce about 6 GW. The small modular reactor (SMR) company Nuscale has agreements in place with Utah utilites to build reactors, and the NRC has made highly encouraging statements about their design. About 10 years out.Awesome!
Well....kind of awesome:
While it's nice to see and we'll see what kind of press it gets, it isn't quite the unequivocal sign of the resurgence of nuclear power that I need to see to believe it is really on the way back. Because it was an existing plant and partly completed construction project, virtually all of the red-tape associated with constructing a nuclear plant that usually gets it blocked has already been overcome... ....environmentalists be like "hey, wait a minute, when did that happen? I didn't get a chance to sue anyone or nuthin!"
With respect to Watts Bar units 1 & 2, they have ice condensers in their containment.Watts bar-2 has came into commercial operation in October 2016. By the way, the PWR model of Watts bar-2 is W(4-loop) (ICECND) according to IAEA-PRIS website(https://www.iaea.org/PRIS/CountryStatistics/ReactorDetails.aspx?current=699). I know the W(4-loop) means PWR with 4 loops, however what does (ICECND) mean? Is Watts bar-2 AP1000 unit?