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According to the US Dept of Energy, the last reactor built was the "River Bend" plant in Louisiana. Its construction began in March of 1977. The last plant to begin commercial operation is the "Watts Bar" plant in Tennessee, which came online in 1996.
Note: The list I obtained only listed operational reactors.
Note: The list I obtained only listed operational reactors.
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New Nuclear plants continue to be built across the the world all the time. Here in the United States, it has become a political propaganda tool by some political groups …who care nothing for what their stated goals are, but only for the leverage the subject can give them as a political power issue. This, along with safety concerns after the Three Mile Island accident, has led to a virtual halt to new nuclear plant construction here in the U.S., and an increase in coal and oil fired power plants that add to greenhouse gases and global warming. The rest of the world isn't quite as ignorant though. Japan is a good example of a country that gets most of its electricity from Nuclear Power. The only country where nuclear weapons have been used offensively, Japan uses Nuclear Power as their primary source of electricity. Japan is the 2nd largest user of Nuclear Power in the world. Though some incidents there have led to some construction slowdowns, new plants are still a priority for them.
The first ever Nuclear Power Plant was built 1954, at Obninsk in the former USSR. It produced 5 MW electric to the power grid. The first commercial nuclear power plant was C…alder Hall, in Sellafield, England, built in 1956, producing 50 MW - later, 200 MW. The first US nuclear power plant was Shippingport Pennsylvania, in 1957, producing 60 MW.
I believe a PWR can be expected to last 40 years or so. The main worry would be the integrity of the primary circuit. Some people are pushing to be increased to 80 years.
Plants are still being built-for example Flamanville in France.
Sometime in the 1970's.
I think PWR's and BWR's are reckoned to have a lifetime of about 40 years. One of the determining factors, probably the main one, is possible embrittlement of the pressure ves…sel due to neutron bombardment. The NRC are particular about this as obviously major failure of a vessel would be very serious.
The last reactor to be licensed in the US was approved in 1973 (TVA Watts 2). The last to come online was the TVA's Watts 1 reactor in Tennesee, which went active in May of 19…96.
Because it is a very clean source of energy that is very powerfull
The last nuclear power plant built in Georgia, USA, was the Alvin W. Vogtle facility in Burke county, Georgia. It is a two unit Westinghouse PWR, completed in 1987 (Unit I) an…d 1989 (Unit II), rated 1215 MWe each. There are no nuclear power plants in Georgia, the country.
It has been hard not only to meet all the regulations but even to figure out what they will be. Corporations do not like byzantine bureaucracies capable of creatin…g constantly changing complex rules. They do not like knowing which bureaucrat will have authority to approve or disapprove each item in each step of the process. Instead, they want to know exactly what regulations they will have to meet in each step of the process and what those steps will be. As soon as the government is capable of setting that up, the electric companies will again start building nuclear power plants. They have been waiting 30 years. Europe uses more nuclear power than the United States. China now builds coal powered electric generating plants that are more efficient than those produced in the United States. They are not only less polluting but also sequester Carbon Dioxide. When we look at Chine, it is easy to decide that in some situations, there is a lot to be said for being able to avoid hearing after hearing, court case after court case, and protest after protest. That way we would have greater efficiency, far less pollution, and produce less carbon dioxide.
Fukushima Daiichi, on March 11, 2011.
A lot of the plant is similar to other power plant types. Normal engineering methods in Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical engineering apply. The main difference is the r…eactor itself, which requires a very large strong pressure vessel made from steel, which is assembled in sections welded together, and the primary circuit which circulates water through the reactor and the steam raising boilers. There are three or four primary circuit loops, these are made of large diameter steel tubes in sections welded together. One of the most important jobs in building the reactor and primary circuit is to ensure that all the welds are perfectly formed and a lot of inspection techniques are used to ensure this. A very important part of the vessel is the head, which is detachable for fuelling and carries the control rod mechanisms (in a PWR). You can read more about the reactor design in the link below.
Used to produce electricity to power cities and towns
There are 104 nuclear power plants currently operating in the United States. These are divided by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission into four districts. Region One (…The Northeast) has plants in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Region Two (The South) has plants in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. Region Three (The Midwest) has plants in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Iowa. Region Four (The West) has plants in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, and California. This does not include plants that have been closed or have never come on line. Nor does it include Canadian plants, which are close by. Nuclear power plants are built in places where there is a lot of water available for cooling. For this reason they are usually built beside rivers, lakes, or oceans. See the related link below for an interactive map.
In the 1970's