North and South Carolina Nuclear Plants


Overview

Three utilities own and operate nuclear power plants in the Carolinas:


The Duke Energy Company Plants


Catawba

Courtesy Duke Energy

Catawba facility consists of two 4 loop 1129 MWe Westinghouse reactors located south of Charlotte, NC, just across SC border near York, SC. Lake Wylie is used as the cooling source. Duke maintains a visitor center at this plant.

NRC Plant Information - Catawba 1 - Catawba 2

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McGuire

Courtesy Duke Energy

McGuire facility consists of two 4 loop 1100 MWe Westinghouse reactors located north of Charlotte, NC, near Huntersville, NC.  Lake Norman is used as the cooling source. Unique design includes ice condenser containments. Duke maintains a visitor center at this plant.

NRC Plant Information - McGuire 1- McGuire 2

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Oconee

Courtesy Duke Energy

Oconee facility consists of three 2 loop 846 MWe B&W reactors located on Lake Keowee near Clemson, SC. Unique design includes Keowee dam as emergency power source. Duke maintains a visitor center at this plant.

NRC Plant Information - Oconee 1 - Oconee 2 - Oconee 3

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Progress Energy Company Plants

Progress Energy, a company formed by the merger of Carolina Power & Light and Florida Power, owns and operates:

The following describes the Carolina facilities.


Brunswick Nuclear Plant

Progress Energy's 2 unit Brunswick Nuclear Plant is located west of the Cape Fear River, near Southport, North Carolina. Each unit has a General Electric Boiling Water Reactor with generator rated at 919 MWe. Brunswick is located on a 1200 acre site. The intake canal is 2-1/2 miles long. The discharge canal is 5-1/2 miles long and discharges 2000 feet offshore into the Atlantic Ocean. Commercial operation started for the two Brunswick units for Unit 1 - 1977; Unit 2 - 1975 .

Courtesy CP&L

In the photo, the Reactor Buildings are the taller buildings near the center; the Turbine Buildings are to the left. The tall stack to the right is used to exhaust gases from the offgas system, which controls the discharges from the plant's air ejector system

The following photos and graphics (courtesy CP&L) illustrate the Brunswick plant:

NRC Plant Information - Brunswick 1 - Brunswick 2

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Shearon Harris - North Carolina

The Harris plant is a 3 loop Westinghouse PWR design plant. The plant, owned and operated by Carolina Power & Light Company, is rated at 900 MWe. The plant is located 22 miles SW of Raleigh, North Carolina near the town of New Hill. A training and visitor center is located close to the plant. The plant uses Harris lake and a cooling tower for cooling the condenser.

Courtesy Carolina Power & Light

A number of simplified diagrams illustrate the the design of the plant.

Harris plant uses a 525 foot high natural draft cooling tower for cooling. Additional site photos and information (courtesy CP&L) are:

NRC Plant Information - Harris.

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H. B. Robinson - South Carolina

The H.B. Robinson Plant Unit 2 is an early (1971 startup) Westinghouse-designed 3 Loop 710 MWe PWR. Robinson is operated by Carolina Power and Light Company (CP&L) near Hartsville, S.C. 

Courtesy Carolina Power and Light

Additional photos include:

NRC Information - Robinson

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SCANA Plants

VC Summer Station

Courtesy US NRC

The VC Summer station is a 3 loop 966 MWe Westinghouse PWR unit owned and operated by South Carolina Power & Light, a subsidiary of SCANA, the utility holding company based in Columbia, SC. The unit started up in 1982. The PWR cycle is described on this site. SCANA and SCE&G only provides news on their website. Very little plant-specific or nuclear education information is provided.

NRC Information - Summer

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