Reactor Decommissioning History
revised 2010-02-22


Shippingport was a commercial PWR power reactor. It had a generating capacity of 72 MWe (sources also state 60MWe and 90MWe). Startup was in 1957 and shutdown was in 1982. This was a pressurized light-water breeder reactor of Westinghouse design.

Dismantlement of the facility began in September 1985. In December 1988 the 956-ton vessel assembly was removed from the containment building.

Reactor Decommissioning Specifics

Internals Removal

Reactor Vessel Removal
First application of "one-piece removal" of a reactor pressure vessel. In all previous dismantlement work, vessels were segmented (such as Elk River). The Shippingport reactor vessel was shipped off site (to Washington state) as a whole.

Segmentation and Packaging Plan (S&P Plan)
Plan unknown.

Key People

General Electric (GE).

The reactor was conceived for two uses in mind: prototype for commercial power generation and for powering aircraft carriers.
Notable comment from an 1984 ANS paper: "One of the most promising of the new decommissioning techniques planed for use at Shippingport is one-piece removal of the reactor pressure vessel".

Related Publications and Documents
Lift of Shippingport Reactor Pressure Vessel" by David Duerr for Journal of Construction Engineering and Management Vol 116, No. 1, March 1990.

The NRC's web page on Feb 22, 2010.
IAEA Bulletin, Winter 1985 "Decommissioning US DOE nuclear facilities" by Edward G. Delaney.
The Wikipedia web page on Feb 22, 2010.
The webpage on Feb 22, 2010.
"Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology" by Robert Pool.
"Lift of Shippingport Reactor Pressure Vessel" by David Duerr
"Shippingport Station Decommissioning Project Overview and Justification" conference paper by Frank E. Coffman for the ANS Spring 1984 meeting.
CONF-840614--105. DE85 006189.

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