The size of a nuclear plant site depends on the technology of the reactor and the number of operating units. One type of reactor is a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR). These reactors feature vessels that hold water under high pressure (hence the name) and therefore are smaller than another typical reactor type, Boiling Water Reactors (BWR). But most of the space on a nuclear site is dedicated to the auxiliary equipment necessary for the production of power, rather than the reactor itself.
Nuclear sites with only one unit are relatively small. Kewaunee station in Wisconsin is only 900 acres. Some sites are much larger – the South Texas Nuclear Project near Houston has two operating units and takes up 12,200 acres.
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