At the Vogtle nuclear facility in Waynesboro Georgia, construction is well underway for two brand new nuclear plants. The plants—Vogtle Units 3 and 4—will be completed sometime in the next few years and will help power much of the surrounding area.
Constructing modern nuclear plants is a Herculean undertaking. Case in point: the CA20 module for Vogtle 4 that was . The CA20 is a massive piece of building, measuring over five stories tall and weighing over 2 million pounds. It was constructed in the airplane hangar-like Modular Assembly Building, and then transported to the site.
Once there, it was lifted and put into place by a gigantic 560-foot tall heavy lift derrick, which is one of the largest cranes in the world, capable of lifting a whopping 1,520 tons. Take a look:
The CA20 module is the largest lift of the Vogtle construction project this year so far. When the plants are online, the CA20 will be used as storage for many plant components, including used fuel.