Concrete Basemat Poured at New V.C. Summer Reactor

Work is underway on first U.S. nuclear plant since 1996.

At about 10 a.m., Monday, March 11, 2013, crews completed the basemat for the first new unit at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant – a milestone for the reactor that will be among the first to come on line in the U.S. since Watts Bar 1 opened in 1996.

The 6-foot-thick basemat serves as the foundation for the reactor's containment structure and auxiliary buildings within the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor's nuclear island. According to a Scana release, the concrete pour took 51.5 continuous hours and covered 32,000 square feet.

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