Salem 1, US
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Salem 1, US

By Carmen 23 Nov 2021

Salem 1 is a 1,254MW nuclear reactor which is located within the premises of Salem Nuclear Power Plant. It is located in New Jersey, the US. The nuclear reactor is currently generating power and is in active status. The construction on the reactor commenced in Sep, 1968. The first power from the reactor was achieved in Dec, 1976. Subsequent to trial runs the reactor finally entered into commercial operation in Jun, 1977.

PID Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Main Contractor
912 Nuclear 1,254 1,254 Active New Jersey, the US United Engineers & Constructors; Westinghouse Electric


Salem 1 is a Generation II nuclear reactor developed by United Engineers & Constructors and Westinghouse Electric, are the main contractors for the project.

The 1,254MW reactor is operated by PSEG Nuclear. PSEG Power and Exelon Generation are currently owning the project having ownership stake of 57.4% and 42.6% respectively.

The PWR reactor generates 9,966.01GWh/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 24 in number.

Development Status

The reactor construction commenced in Sep, 1968 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in Jun, 1977.

Contractors Involved

Westinghouse Electric was selected as the steam turbine supplier for the nuclear reactor. The company provided 1 steam turbine for the project. Public Service Enterprise Group was selected as an architect engineer for the reactor. The reactor system was supplied by Westinghouse Electric. The reactor vessel has been supplied by Combustion Engineering. The material used for the construction of the vessel is Alloyed Steel (ASTM A 533/508). The civil works were carried out by United Engineers & Constructors.

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. The company operates through regional offices in the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Westinghouse is headquartered in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, the US.


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