San Onofre Officials Quotes About Steam Generators – “Safest most efficient 21st century machinery”

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One of the replaced San Onofre Steam Generators

In 2009 and 2010, Southern California Edison (SCE), an electricity utility serving  residents in southern and central California, undertook the replacement of the four original steam generators in Units 2 and 3 at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), in San Clemente, Calif.

The steam generators had been part of the plant from the time of the commercial startups of the two units in 1983 and 1984, respectively. The decision to replace the steam generators was based on the forecast of degradation of steam generator tubing and the corresponding tube plugging.


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SONGS Chief Nuclear Officer Pete Dietrich Jan 10 2012.

“The plant’s largest components — steam generators — are just two years old and represent the safest, most efficient 21st century machinery.”

Source: MarketWatch

 

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The installation is “a major milestone in the station’s history,” said Ross Ridenoure, Southern California Edison senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. “We’re committed to making sure it’s done right.”

January 28th, 2009

Source: LA Times

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Edison President John R. Fielder said new steam generators are cheaper for ratepayers than building new power plants or buying power on the open market.

December 16th, 2005

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The new steam generators are designed to last longer, said Mike Wharton, manager of the steam-generator replacement project.

“They are designed for 40 years,” he said. “We expect we’ll actually be able to get 60 years out of them … better materials, better design. You learn over the course of years what works well and what doesn’t, and you try to build it into the next generation.”

December 24th, 2009

Source: OC Register

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“Safety has gone well,” says Ross Ridenoure, chief nuclear officer at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

December 24th, 2009

Source: OC Register

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