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November 3, 2021

Wolf Creek 1, US

By Carmen

Wolf Creek 1 is a 1,285MW nuclear reactor which is located within the premises of Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant. It is located in Kansas, the US. The nuclear reactor is currently generating power and is in active status. The construction on the reactor commenced in May, 1977. The first power from the reactor was achieved in Jun, 1985. Subsequent to trial runs the reactor finally entered into commercial operation in Sep, 1985.

PID Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Main Contractor
1188 Nuclear 1,285 1,285 Active Kansas, the US Fluor; Westinghouse Electric

Description

Wolf Creek 1 is a Generation II nuclear reactor developed by Fluor and Westinghouse Electric, are the main contractors for the project.

The 1,285MW reactor is operated by Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating. Evergy Metro, Westar Energy and Kansas Electric Power Cooperative are currently owning the project having ownership stake of 47%, 47% and 6% respectively.

The PWR reactor generates 9,247.73GWh/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 28 in number. The project cost is $3,000m.

Development Status

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The reactor construction commenced in May, 1977 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in Sep, 1985.

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 and Sargent & Lundy were selected as the architect engineers 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 (SA 533). The civil works were carried out by Fluor.

About Fluor

Fluor Corp (Fluor) is a provider of engineering and construction services. Its service portfolio includes design, engineering, procurement, fabrication, modularization, construction, commissioning and maintenance, and project management solutions. Fluor also provides other services to support projects which include site equipment and tool services, industrial fleet and staffing services. The company serves industrial clients operating in oil and gas, chemicals and petrochemicals, transportation, mining and metals, power, life sciences and manufacturing sectors. It also serves the US federal government and international government agencies. The company has operational presence in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Fluor is headquartered in Irving, Texas, 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. 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.

Methodology

All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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