Happy Birthday: Catawba Nuclear Station Turns 30

In 1972, Duke Energy announced plans to build Catawba Nuclear Station on the peninsula of Lake Wylie in South Carolina, just three miles north of where the company started. Duke's first hydroelectric station, Catawba Station, was built in 1904 at the site of what is now Wylie Hydroelectric Station. Catawba Nuclear Station began commercial operation in June 1985, and  June 29, 2015, marked 30 years of Catawba Nuclear Station commercial operation for unit 1 (unit 2 celebrates 30 years on August 19, 2016).
 

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On July 11, 2015, Catawba Nuclear Station employees and their families celebrated this milestone with an onsite festival. Whether eating cotton candy and snow cones or playing in bouncy houses, climbing up the inflatable slide, playing the various carnival games or miniature golf, employees and their families enjoyed themselves in the hot July sun. As part of the celebration, employees donated canned goods and perishables to Pilgrim's Inn (a non-profit that helps women and children), as well as many toys and monetary donations to Toys For Happiness, a non-profit that provides toys during the holidays season to underprivileged families and children.
 

DSC_0783On July 11, 2015, Catawba Nuclear Station employees and their families celebrated this milestone with an onsite festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On May 16, 1974. ground was broken for Catawba Nuclear Station — construction on unit 1 began on June 1, 1974. On January 7, 1985, Catawba Unit 1 achieved its initial fission (the splitting of uranium atoms), and at 2:11 a.m. on January 11, 1985, Catawba generated its first electricity.

Catawba Nuclear Station has been a proud member of the York County, S.C. community for 30 years. Catawba employees live and volunteer in the local community, contributing millions of dollars to charitable organizations that support the needs in York County.  The commitment goes beyond dollars; with more than 1,000 Catawba employees spending  many hours supporting our neighbors.  Each year, they donate hundreds of pints of blood and volunteer in schools, churches, community and civic groups.

 

Construction-08-07-78Catawba Nuclear Station began commercial operation in June 1985, and June 29, 2015, marked 30 years of Catawba Nuclear Station commercial operation for unit 1 (unit 2 celebrates 30 years on August 19, 2016).


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Catawba Nuclear Station is operated by Duke Energy, but is jointly owned by Duke Energy and three municipalities: North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number One, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation and Piedmont Municipal Power Agency.
 

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