The Carolinas-Virginia Tube Reactor

December 22, 2023, 3:00PMNuclear NewsJeremy Hampshire
The Carolinas-Virginia Tube Reactor site, circa 1963. (Photo: Duke Energy)

The Carolinas-Virginia Tube Reactor (CVTR), also known as Parr due to its location in Parr, S.C., was a 65-MWt (17-MWe) pressurized tube reactor. Construction began in January 1960, and the reactor reached initial criticality in March 1963. Commercial operation commenced in December 1963, and the reactor was permanently shut down in January 1967 after the test program was complete.

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