The pressure vessel for Sanmen unit 1, which will most likely be the world’s first Westinghouse AP1000 in operation, arrived on site in late July. I thought you might like to see some photos of the component.
One thing that never ceases to impress me is the fact that the pressure vessel fully contains the nuclear reactor core, where all of the 3300 or so MW of thermal energy will be produced for the 1100 MWe power plant. The compact nature of nuclear energy become more understandable when you think of it that way. There is a whole lot of other machinery involved in converting that heat into useful electricity in a safe and reliable manner, but just think of having the fuel needed for electricity for 1,000,000 people for 18-24 months being stored in that little volume.