Sizewell B is a 1,250MW nuclear reactor which is located within the premises of Sizewell B Power Station. It is located in England, the UK. 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 Jul, 1988. The first power from the reactor was achieved in Feb, 1995. Subsequent to trial runs the reactor finally entered into commercial operation in Sep, 1995. Buy the profile here.

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Sizewell B is a Generation II nuclear reactor developed by GE Power, John Laing Group and Westinghouse Electric, are the main contractors for the project.

The 1,250MW reactor is operated by EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Group. Electricite de France and Centrica are currently owning the project having ownership stake of 80% and 20% respectively.

The PWR reactor generates 6,709.39GWh/annum of electricity. It features 193 fuel assemblies in the core of reactor, the place where fission occurs and energy is released. Safety contol rods that are used to control the fission rate in the reactor are 32 in number.

Development status

The reactor construction commenced in Jul, 1988 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in Sep, 1995.

Contractors involved

GE Power was selected as the steam turbine supplier for the nuclear reactor. The company provided 2 steam turbines for the project. The reactor system was supplied by Westinghouse Electric. The reactor vessel has been supplied by Framatome. The material used for the construction of the vessel is Alloyed Steel (SA 508/SA 533). The civil works were carried out by John Laing Group.

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About GE Power

GE Power, a business unit of the General Electric Company, is provider of power generation equipment, solutions and services. It offers products such as gas turbines, air quality control systems, steam turbines, boilers, generators and synchronous condensers. The company also offers upgrade solutions, rotating machines life cycle services, build service contracts, industrial plant services, digital services for steam power plants, outage services, power plant upgrades, replacements and refurbishments and decommissioning and dismantling solutions. It serves independent power producers Marine, oil and gas and other industrial customers. GE Power is headquartered in Schenectady, New York, the US.

About John Laing Group

John Laing Group Plc (John Laing), invests, develops and manages infrastructure projects. The company finances transport, social and environmental infrastructure projects under public private partnership (PPP) and private finance initiative (PFI) programmes, and renewable energy projects. John Laing invests in companies operating in diverse sectors such as healthcare, justice and emergency services, local authority development, roads, rails, waste and utilities and renewable energy sectors. The company operates in the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, the US and Colombia. John Laing is headquartered in London, England, the UK.

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 1 January 1970

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