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(Probably) One of The Largest Nuclear Generating Facilities

Posted by Trombonist2003 on 14 April 2018 in English (English)

hi.

I just finished the Paul Luc-Jean Centrale Nucléaire (PLCN), and I wanted to know if it is the largest and how to improve it.

Some Context

In 2003, the government of Bélice passed Le Loi Vert (The Green Bill), banning the use of gasoline cars by residents, among other things. One of the effects was that all old gas plants were demolished and replaced with the one new nuclear power plant. Construction was already underway as far back as 1997, and with a lot of government funding, the entire site was completed in 2018.

The construction of the facility cost the government the equivalent of $40 000 000 000, along with other costs associated with The Green Bill, which had put the nation into massive amounts of debt, but with the surplus of energy created by the plant, Bélice is now running more surpluses and slowly moving out of debt.

About The Plant

Each of the large stations (nicely named Station 1, 2, and 3) contain 4 state-of-the-art BEDU (Analogue of CANDU) reactors, and therefore contain 12 reactors in total. This one plant can supply the entire nation with power and still have more to export to other nations nearby. There are nearby wind and solar farms, as well as hydroelectric dams (coming in the future)

What do you think? Any questions?

Note: The buildings will be resized and the layout changed.

Thanks, Zekiel

Location: Ciroĉi, Béliĉe

Comment from mstr on 15 April 2018 at 00:03

Since there are no superlatives in OGF I don't know. What means to be the largest for a power plant? The area, number of reactors, generated power? You can find all nuclear power plants by an overpass querry, e.g. here -> go to Utilities and disposal -> nuclear fission. All buildings (especially the visitor center) look too large, the layout seems not to be very reasonable, but I'm not an expert in power plant design.

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Comment from zhenkang on 15 April 2018 at 00:38

Are you sure a country like yours can build a large nuclear plant? There must be a 10-mile radius of nothing, and that is not enough. Nuclear power is also very expansive and truly unnecessary and may not be safe. Are there enough underground bankers for a nuclear fallout? Why not build a dam instead?

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Comment from chazeltine on 15 April 2018 at 02:11

It's a nice power plant, but I do have some remarks about its location that maybe you've already considered. The cities of Sansévérina and Troie in Broceliande are about 30 miles away and have between them about a million citizens. Were the plant to have a (rare) meltdown on the scale of Chernobyl or Fukushima, you would have an international crisis on hand. Not only would the millions of Broceliandais have to evacuate, but nearly all of Bélice and a significant portion of Broceliande would be affected by the nuclear fallout. But if that's a risk Bélice is willing to take, go for it.

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Comment from zhenkang on 15 April 2018 at 02:28

@Chazel That is my point.

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Comment from Trombonist2003 on 15 April 2018 at 04:23

Ah, well you see, to answer to @mstr, I consider a plant big depending on the number of reactors.

To the final 3 comments by @zhenkang and @chazeltime, the specific type of reactor that the plant uses is derived from the CANDU (Canada Deuterium) reactors that are used throughout... Canada (and many other countries worldwide). The design of the reactor is so well that an explosion in itself is impossible, and there are many neutron-absorbing measures, named SDS (Shutdown System) 1 and 2. These quickly absorb all the neutrons, and stop the reaction from continuing. If, somehow, a meltdown were to occur, please acknowledge that a lake is right next to the facility where light water is in fact not going to fuel the reaction. If the SDSs were to fail, the lake would be the last hope.

But wait, there's more! Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets are, according to Bruce Power, a measure that they take to protect the Thyroid from that dangerous radiation you mentioned. It prevents the thyroid from developing thyroid cancers, among other things (the Thyroid is the most susceptible part of the body to radiation, according to the American thyroid Association). These are distributed to the population of Kincardine and the neighboring townships, just in case of that really, really small chance.

Furthermore, going into the real world, at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Bruce County, there are many population centres all within 10 miles, not to mention the number of farms as well. In fact, right next to the Station Grounds is a Provincial Park, and another one about 6 miles NW. Then there is the township of Kincardine, which does not have a million people, but still is very important. All within 10 miles.

Underground bunkers are actually only required for thermonuclear devices, which spread the radiation through an explosion that can get hotter than the sun. In reality, any material can serve as a shield against radiation, given enough of the material in between you and the source. Another factor is how much radiation is safe, in an emergency. That amounts to about 1 000 milliSieverts (the level where you start to get sick). It only requires a few decimeters of material to protect yourself to that safer level.

Cost: According to the Canadian Nuclear Association, CANDU reactors have very low fuel costs (relative to their light water counterparts) because the Uranium does not require enrichment and the reactors can remain on safely while refuelling.

Look at these: - https://cna.ca/technology/energy/candu-technology/ - http://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/resources/radiation/introduction-to-radiation/radiation-doses.cfm - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CANDU_reactor

Note: I visited the Bruce nuclear Generating Station this past Summer, so I am knowledgeable on the topic to an extent.

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Comment from Trombonist2003 on 15 April 2018 at 04:32

I forgot!

Constructing the facility is indeed expensive, but so is building the number of dams required to fill in the same energy quota.

I have 2 solutions as of now:

  • The plant was constructed by a private energy company that made a contract with the government

  • The government took on a massive debt building it, but the surplus energy sold slowly pays for itself.

Thanks, Zekiel

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Comment from Trombonist2003 on 15 April 2018 at 04:35

And @mstr, I did forget to tag the power station as nuclear, so thanks.

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Comment from mstr on 15 April 2018 at 12:41

The small distance to cities in Broceliand doesn't really matter, since they are in a different country. It's quite common in Europe to build nuclear power plants at the border of a country no matter what the neighbor says :)

I'm sceptic concerning the technology:

*"this reactor type is save, really!" is such an old joke, don't repeat it ;)

*the large amount of plutonium that comes out could be used for nuclear weapons.

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Comment from Trombonist2003 on 15 April 2018 at 14:42

You know what? That's really fine if you are a skeptic of the technology. I received flyers against this technology, and yet the Ontario government is extending the life of a nuclear reactor. As for the weapons, it requires enrichment of uranium way past the reactor grade, which if suspected, I am sure the AN will respond. The real-life counterpart attempts to monitor the enrichment of uranium worldwide, so I'm sure the AN can have one too.

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Comment from Jesus Antonio on 16 April 2018 at 21:42

Prepare for OGF chernobyl.

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Comment from Trombonist2003 on 17 April 2018 at 02:48

It won't explode because of the design of the reactor, but it would be very interesting to have a giant radioactive cloud hovering over tarephia.

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Comment from kingfries on 17 April 2018 at 15:43

The atomic age, unlimited power, one of the safest and most efficient ways to produce electricty... except for the rase case of when it does go wrong but nevermind that. I'd say sizewise it looks ok but could obviously use some more detailing, auxilary buildings, power lines to the outside etc. GO NUCLEAR! -even tho a belgian plant could cause my area to become irratiated for a couple odd decades I still support the technology. Imagine a world where power is literally ,,too cheap to meter''

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Comment from Rustem Pasha on 17 April 2018 at 17:43

But you know that at current level of technology atomic power is one of the most expensive source of electricity?

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Comment from Trombonist2003 on 18 April 2018 at 00:38

Aha! I would say that it is at least better than spewing out tons of poison into the air unregulated and having to pay for the environmental damage.

As well, back the the reactor in question: BEDU (analog of CANDU)

It is one of the cheapest reactors compared to the rest, and can use a wide range of fuels, making the process even cheaper.

I may add a few more buildings as well as an enrichment centre that will meet nuclear non-proliferation levels. ;)

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Comment from andrepoiy on 18 April 2018 at 02:04

Just put tight regulations, because that's what socialists like you like to do. :)

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Comment from No Way on 18 April 2018 at 17:36

I had a site planned out and built cooling canals. The location was in Commonia in the former Reagan, now Raintree Mountains. It appears that someone took these out and built motorways in a swamp and a city on a flood plain as well. Oh well.

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