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Palo Verde 3 is a 1,414MW nuclear reactor which is located within the premises of Palo Verde Generating Station. It is located in Arizona, the US. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the nuclear reactor is currently generating power and is in active status. The construction on the reactor commenced in Jun, 1976. The first power from the reactor was achieved in Nov, 1987. Subsequent to trial runs the reactor finally entered into commercial operation in Jan, 1988. Buy the profile here.

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Palo Verde 3 is a Generation II nuclear reactor developed by Bechtel and Westinghouse Electric, are the main contractors for the project.

The 1,414MW reactor is operated by Arizona Public Service. Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement And Power District, El Paso Electric, Southern California Edison, PNM, Southern California Public Power Authority and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are currently owning the project having ownership stake of 29.1%, 17.49%, 15.8%, 15.8%, 10.2%, 5.91% and 5.7% respectively.

The PWR reactor generates 10,331.46GWh/annum of electricity. It features 241 fuel assemblies in the core of reactor, the place where fission occurs and energy is released.

Development status

The reactor construction commenced in Jun, 1976 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in Jan, 1988.

Contractors involved

GE Power was selected as the steam turbine supplier for the nuclear reactor. The company provided 1 steam turbine for the project. Bechtel was selected as an architect engineer for the reactor. The reactor system was supplied by Westinghouse Electric. The reactor vessel has been supplied by Westinghouse Electric. The material used for the construction of the vessel is Alloyed Steel (SA 533 B). The civil works were carried out by Bechtel.

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About Bechtel

Bechtel Corp (Bechtel) is a provider of engineering, construction, and project management services. Its major services include construction, master planning, tunneling, finance, engineering, procurement, sustainability solutions and feasibility studies. Bechtel also carries out project and program management, testing and commissioning, startup and operations, technology licensing and consulting and financing and equity investments. It provides these services to energy, transportation, infrastructure, communications, mining and metals, oil and gas, chemicals, water, defense and nuclear, and government customers. The company operates through its subsidiaries and regional offices in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Bechtel is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, the US.

About Westinghouse Electric

Westinghouse Electric Co LLC (Westinghouse) a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, is a nuclear energy company. It offers nuclear plant products, technologies, nuclear fuel, plant design and related services to utilities across the world. The company carries out development, licensing, detailed engineering, project management, component manufacturing and offers startup support for new nuclear plants. It provides a comprehensive range of nuclear fuel and operating plant products and services; and decontamination and decommissioning, and waste management services. It operates through regional offices in the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Westinghouse is headquartered in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, the US.

This content was updated on 10 November 2023

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This information is drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center, which provides detailed profiles of over 170,000 active, planned and under construction power plants worldwide from announcement through to operation across all technologies and countries worldwide.