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Construction of two South Carolina Reactors abandoned

Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:06 pm

Via NYT:
U.S. Nuclear Comeback Stalls as Two Reactors Are Abandoned
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/31/clim ... olina.html

These are Westinghouse Gen 3+ AP1000s, which have also been having trouble with design issues/construction cost overruns elsewhere. This may well do it for a nuclear comeback in the U.S. even if Vogtle 3 & 4 complete, given that Westinghouse's bankruptcy filing in March will likely have the same effects in Georgia as it did in South Carolina, unless SMR, fast burn or other advanced (Gen 4) reactors arrive a hell of a lot sooner than forecast. The article also says:

South Carolina currently gets 55 percent of its electricity from nuclear power and 40 percent from coal and natural gas. The two reactors were expected to push most of the state’s remaining coal plants off the grid, reducing planet-warming emissions. But the failure of the project could lead to those coal units running for longer.
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