The second of two 300-ton “deaerator” components to be used in the construction of Plant Vogtle’s new reactors was barged up the Savannah River last week and then transported by truck to the Burke County nuclear site.
The second of two 300-ton deaerators to be used in Plant Vogtle’s new reactors was moved to the site this week aboard a specially designed transporter.
The 148-foot-long deaerator functions like a water purifier, eliminating dissolved gases such as carbon dioxide and oxygen from feedwater before it gets to a boiler and its pipeline. Deaeration prevents corrosion, helping to reduce plant maintenance and operating costs.
The steel component, manufactured in South Korea, arrived at the Port of Savannah aboard a cargo ship. It was loaded onto a barge and pushed up the river to Georgia Power’s Plant McIntosh.