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November 23, 2021

Palo Verde 2, US

By Carmen

Palo Verde 2 is a 1,414MW nuclear reactor which is located within the premises of Palo Verde Generating Station. It is located in Arizona, the US. 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 May, 1986. Subsequent to trial runs the reactor finally entered into commercial operation in Sep, 1986.

PID Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Main Contractor
805 Nuclear 1,414 1,414 Active Arizona, the US Bechtel; Combustion Engineering


Palo Verde 2 is a Generation II nuclear reactor developed by Bechtel and Combustion Engineering, 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%, 17.5%, 15.8%, 15.8%, 10.2%, 5.9% and 5.7% respectively.

The PWR reactor generates 11,435.51GWh/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 Sep, 1986.

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 Combustion Engineering. The reactor vessel has been supplied by Combustion Engineering. The material used for the construction of the vessel is Alloyed Steel (SA 533 B). The civil works were carried out by Bechtel.

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. The company 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 across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Bechtel is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, the US.


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