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Title: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: slick on Aug 25, 2002, 09:43
Anyone know of a travel trailer park at STP?
Title: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: Rennhack on Nov 30, 2002, 06:37
Don't forget to vote.  Keep your comments civil.
Title: Re: Rate South Texas Project
Post by: Marvin on Nov 30, 2002, 06:55
I worked for Houston Lighting & Power from February 1989 through December 1995 as a tech, a trainer, a planner, and a supervisor at STP.  It went from ridiculously challenging (during startup and 1RE01) to depressing during shutdown (NRC DET) to restructuring and startup under some of the best management I have ever seen.

STP has it's little quirks and always will, just like any other place I have ever worked.  I miss the work ethic, the great techs and staff (most of all), the shiny new Westinghouse PWR's, the world class management team.  If it wasn't for the humidity, the bugs and the nothing to do around there landscape, I would probably still be a Texan.

Course I haven't been there since 1995; however, I will always have fond memories of STP.   :)
Title: Re: Rate South Texas Project
Post by: bandyung on Jan 06, 2003, 09:46
::) Like you I started at STP in 1989 for 1REO1.  Went house in 1990 at STP. Retired in 1996 with a nice package and now return for all outages as a contractor. The plant was a total relief after the inside blistering temps. At Turkey point. STP management has always treated contractors as fellow technicians and part of the "WE" team. The quality of techs. always vary but in general only the better quality wind up there on a regular basis.  Having been 23 years in the business there have been some really negative experiences on the road. STP is best at least for me. Happy New Year. Gramps: :)
Title: Re: Talk About: South Texas Project
Post by: uRiaL on Apr 28, 2003, 01:31
I'M TRYING TO GET SOME INFO ON STP. WHO IS THE SITE COORDINATOR? AND ,YEAH DOES ANYONE KNOW ANY OF THE TECHS DOWN THERE ( I NEED NAMES) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Talk About: South Texas Project
Post by: UncaBuffalo on May 28, 2003, 05:02
Per a note I got from one of the house techs the other day :

"They have completely taken our reactor apart and are doing eddy current and NDE on all our BMI thimbles.  They will attempt repairs later and then seek NRC buy-in and approval after the work is done.  They are calling it "at risk" work.  Oh well... we will see how well it goes.  Looks like we will be on overtime at least as long as you.  We are working 5-12's now and probably not any end in sight until about late July."
Title: Re: Talk About: South Texas Project
Post by: RAD-GHOST on May 29, 2003, 06:40
Worked STP three outages, including one SGRP.  Always a good time and great people. Sorry to see F. Reynolds go, haven't been back since.  Lost touch with a few people down there, so a big hello to Joe, Bob, TAPS, Doug and the rest of the HP crew!  

PS:  Never had a bad time in Bay City!
Title: Re: Talk About: South Texas Project
Post by: Brian_E on Dec 24, 2003, 08:53
Interesting place to work. Hated the hard hat policy but wasn't anything that could be done about it. Very unusual policies about some things. On site food was pretty good. House techs were for the most part a great bunch to work with.
Title: South Texas
Post by: Camella Black on Apr 08, 2004, 05:43
If anyone has a favorite hang out, place to shop, or local information for this area please post it here.
Title: Re: South Texas
Post by: svk4543 on Jan 22, 2005, 07:31
Country Meadow Estates (formerly Wildwood) has very large apartments and is quiet. From STP go 60 north and make a right on Hamman at a light just as you enter the city area. The Manager Karen Petru  is very knowledgabe and will work with you on short term leases. About 15 miles from STP, it will cost less than half that of a motel and you have a kithen and space.  The phone number is
 979 245 1181, 9a to 5 p. M-F, open saturdays and sundays.
Title: South Texas Project Employment Question
Post by: reytrejo on Jan 26, 2005, 10:01
New to this site. 
Im a Navy-nuke getting out this summer.  I have just started the process of searching for a job.  Originally from Texas and wanted to know if anyone out here might be able to help me as far as contact information.  Just wondering if there are any openings, if any,  at the Texas power plant and how where I can send my resume.  This is a really good site and Im sure Ill be back.
Title: Re: South Texas Project
Post by: Chefmike on Jan 27, 2005, 03:38
Worked in RP training there in 1994.  Worked with some great people, minus one (Scott Lonchar), Barry Coleman and the now retired Art Caldwell.  The entire training group were great.  The people from the plant I met always treated me with respect and provided huge amounts of useful information.  Loved the area for fishing and back then partying.  Red fish fishing was the cats meow.  Met tons of very nice people.  Only thing lacking was the upscale restaurants and amentities usually found in the more populous areas.  But all in all great place and very good people.  Would go back in a minute given the opportunity.
Title: Re: South Texas Project
Post by: Aitch-Pee on Aug 21, 2005, 12:04
Just posted a new picture called "1RE01"

The picture is a scanned polaroid from the pre-digital era.

They were the 1RE01 refueling deck crew.  Their supervisor was the guy in the blue shirt.

Still miss the great people at STP - hope things are going well.  Lots of fond memories.

Marvin   :)
Title: Re: South Texas
Post by: Showme T. Money on Aug 29, 2005, 09:53
K2 STEAKHOUSE IN BAY CITY HAS SOME OF THE BIGGEST CHICKEN FRIED STEAK YOUR GOING TO FIND ANYWERE, IT COMES OUT ON A PLATE BY ITSELF, PLUS THE DRINKS WEREN'T BAD EITHER.
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: arizonie on Aug 23, 2006, 07:08
 i'm a  hp /radwaste 6x returnee 95-02.

stp it seems you either like it or hate it. lots of one timers or multiple returnees.

nearby lodging is avail and not expensive(may change soon due to reliants plans for 2 new ge /hitachi bwr units).

located out in the boonies,40 miles to a mall in lake jackson or 75 miles to houston.

usually plenty of gulf shrimp avail in matagorda or palacios,fish too.

be prepared to keep busy.in 97 a world record 17 day refuel /maint/ect  outage was completed .(record for 4 loop westinghouse design)
 a letter of kudos from texas gov g bush was delivered to the stp we team.

expect 30 day or less outages,avg pay ,usually a bonus and no state income tax.

with arc during the late 90's hp had several 90+% returnee outages.(i guess it must not have been soo bad afterall)

i'll go back if it fits in my scedule and the pay is right.

most house hp's are very friendly and work hard,lots of homegrown house techs

hot weather even in spring and fall and lots of bugs including africanized bees.



Title: STP -South Texas Project- March 2007
Post by: bullpinman on Jan 28, 2007, 10:21
Would like to hear if anyone has been down to the outage before or if anyone has plans to go down this year? I was there in 1999 and it was good and I'm debating whether to go back. In Florida right now, not too far away.
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: Atomic_Punk on Jan 28, 2007, 05:44
I really liked the plant, the house people and the area when I was there ('91).  I didn't care for the company or the people I was working for (PSESI).  The locals were some of the nicest I've encountered anywhere.
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: RRhoads on Jan 28, 2007, 07:06
u'r getting old!..tht was 1990 when we were there ;)...i have no opinion..was there 2 weeks & quit!
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: Atomic_Punk on Jan 29, 2007, 01:08
u'r getting old!..tht was 1990 when we were there ;)...i have no opinion..was there 2 weeks & quit!

You should've liked it, you didn't get your long haired butt kicked there! ;^)
(neither did I)

Where the hell was I in '91 then?
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: RRhoads on Jan 29, 2007, 01:16
musta been at PV.....remember flamin' Dr.Peppers???? I wuzat Ip2 & VC in '91....wow only 2 outages as a deconner..tht would have been almost 6 months work then!
Hey ....who wuz tht cat "bubby" anyway????
Title: South Texas Project
Post by: rlbinc on Jul 02, 2007, 09:05
I have heard that units 3 and 4 are beginning construction in September.
Title: Re: South Texas Project
Post by: HydroDave63 on Jul 02, 2007, 12:44
I have heard that units 3 and 4 are beginning construction in September.

as in shovel hits dirt, or as in trailers full of engineers doing calcs to reinvent the wheel? ;)
Title: Re: South Texas Project
Post by: rlbinc on Jul 02, 2007, 02:27
The engineers are in full swing. Sargent and Ghandhi, I mean, Sargent and Lundy got the contract. I'm talking shovel hitting dirt with a 39 month schedule from day one to pulling control rods. I have heard that long lead time forgings have been ordered.
Title: Re: South Texas Project
Post by: cairnit on Jul 04, 2007, 11:59
According to the STP Press release, Sargent & Lundy is the Eng./Man. firm. Sooooooooo, does anyone know what construction company is actually doing the work?  Is this a union or non-union plant?

Just wondering.
Title: Re: South Texas Project
Post by: L. LaGarde on Jul 06, 2007, 01:41
NRC's schedule shows the license application being submitted at the beginning of 2008, with the reviews and hearings running out until sometime in 2011.  They can do only limited work prior to approval of the application.  Don't buy any stock in that 39 month thing.
Title: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: Marlin on Dec 06, 2007, 10:10
Don't forget to vote. Please keep it civil.
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: RAD-GHOST on Jan 01, 2008, 04:49
27K+ Hit's and Counting!

My First Chuckle for 2008! 

Happy New Year & Thanks,

RG.............. 8)

Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: UncaBuffalo on Sep 17, 2008, 05:30
I put up a few pix from several years ago...

http://www.nukeworker.com/pictures/thumbnails-152.html
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: Marvin on Sep 18, 2008, 12:52
UncaBuffalo -- those are awesome -- what a wonderful era at STP.  I will show John (we were both in Birchfield's crew at one time or another).

I have some old STP polaroids that I will scan in the next month or two and get them posted.  I'm sure the old HP's at STP will get a kick out of these -- Loved it.

Thanks man, now where's that karma button thing at :)
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: retired nuke on Sep 18, 2008, 08:37
UncaBuffalo -- those are awesome -- what a wonderful era at STP.  I will show John (we were both in Birchfield's crew at one time or another).

I have some old STP polaroids that I will scan in the next month or two and get them posted.  I'm sure the old HP's at STP will get a kick out of these -- Loved it.

Thanks man, now where's that karma button thing at :)

Below the Goldmember logo.... ;)
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: NJ on Sep 18, 2008, 05:16
I think we should all drag out those old pictures and perserve them down in history...I have a bunch!
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: UncaBuffalo on Sep 18, 2008, 06:36
I think we should all drag out those old pictures and perserve them down in history...I have a bunch!

Sounds good!  It only takes a few ninutes to upload them to NukeWorker...scanning mine took more time than uploading...
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: B.PRESGROVE on Feb 10, 2009, 01:50
Does anyone know if they are hiring for operations at this time?
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: NukeNub on Feb 10, 2009, 08:00
http://www.stpnoc.com/Opportunities.htm

Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: B.PRESGROVE on Feb 10, 2009, 08:46
Yah I checked that website just wanted to see if any inside folks new anything.  Anyway yall welcome my dad as we start up our engineering consulting firm Presgrove Technologies.  He gets underway in March and we will be doing alot of work around the nuke world. 
Title: Re: Living near South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: zilla on Mar 03, 2009, 12:23
Anyone local that can tell me what it's like in the area?  I am a BWR-SRO and might be interested in sending a resume when they start hiring for 3&4 and I'm wondering if anyone can give me a rundown on the locale?  Schools, housing costs, etc...?  Is it possible to live on or near the water within reasonable cost?
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: RAD-GHOST on Mar 03, 2009, 06:10
What's the area like....... ::)

Currently STP holds the pole position for New Nuke Construction, which equates to about $10,000,000,000.00+ for construction costs over a 5 - 7 year period.   Then you can add the 5 - 7 outage budgets for the same time frame and gain the actual economic perspective for the area's future.  Besides the weather, not much will be the same when they start hiring for units 3 & 4! 

Just my humble opinion!

PS:  I never, (repeat "NEVER"), had a bad time in Texas..... 8)!

RG







 

Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: zilla on Mar 03, 2009, 09:45
What's the area like....... ::)

Currently STP holds the pole position for New Nuke Construction.....



You've got that right.  I have a good friend who worked on the COL and they were first and have their ducks in a row more than most who are looking to build.  I was just looking for some info from locals on the area.  So far I have only talked to one person who actually lived and worked there in house and he hated it...... but then he was from Boston originally.
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: tntplayer on Mar 04, 2009, 06:29
I worked at STP for about 8 years in the 1990's. Overall, I liked it there. Bay City has that small Texas town atmosphere. The big local grocery store is called H.E.B. I was told that it is named after the original owner whose last name was Butt and his first name was Harry. Like the previous post said, really good barbeque. People at the site were very good overall. Let me just say that in the nuclear worker world you could do ALOT worse.

Bay City is about an hours drive south of Houston. Houston has all the alure that a big city has bars, city scene, sports teams, etc. We used to take trips to Houston on aregular basis
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: zilla on Mar 05, 2009, 12:28
I worked at STP for about 8 years in the 1990's. Overall, I liked it there. Bay City has that small Texas town atmosphere. The big local grocery store is called H.E.B. I was told that it is named after the original owner whose last name was Butt and his first name was Harry. Like the previous post said, really good barbeque. People at the site were very good overall. Let me just say that in the nuclear worker world you could do ALOT worse.

Bay City is about an hours drive south of Houston. Houston has all the alure that a big city has bars, city scene, sports teams, etc. We used to take trips to Houston on aregular basis

Thanks!  That's the kind of info I was looking for.  I might have to take a trip down there this summer during an off week to check the area out, look at real estate, etc..... 
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: unsung on May 17, 2009, 11:45
I'm also looking to possibly relocate down that way since my father retired and moved to Lufkin.  I'm working in the Electrical Dept at a PWR now but have done many supporting trips for BWR outages.

I guess is STP a union plant?  I know Exelon is looking at building in Victoria County as well so there look to be some employment opportunities in the future.  I'd like to get in as soon as possible.
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: radmax on Aug 07, 2009, 07:39
FYI, according to Wikipedia, Excelon just put the breaks on Victoria Station, due to the current economic situations... though spokesman said they were "not abondoning Victoria"...  July 2009

Let's hope we can get a turn around on this decision, and hopefully the ball will keep rollin'
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: HydroDave63 on Aug 07, 2009, 09:20
FYI, according to Wikipedia, Excelon just put the breaks on Victoria Station, due to the current economic situations... though spokesman said they were "not abondoning Victoria"...  July 2009

Let's hope we can get a turn around on this decision, and hopefully the ball will keep rollin'

With spot nat gas at $3.66/MMBtu, and on-peak NYMEX Oct 09 futures trading around 36-37 bucks per MWh for 2N-ERCOT Houston Zone electricity, Exelon may have figured it doesn't pencil out to proceed. Time will tell....
Title: Operator or Engineer at STP
Post by: DangerNut on Jan 14, 2010, 12:43
Anyone who works in Ops or Engineering available to answer a few general questions about working at STP?
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: TEX-INSP on Jul 06, 2011, 03:15
Interested in a direct postion there in the ISI / QA/QC NDE department. Any leads would be helpful. Currently working for a utility in the south east. Any leads would be nice.
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: Protectologist on Jul 06, 2011, 09:48
So who has the RCT contract for outages at STP?
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: Already Gone on Jul 06, 2011, 10:16
I'm not going to scald you with the usual answer, but it wouldn't really have taken much for you to find this on your own.

http://bartlettinc.sharestreet.net/outageinfo/southtexas/default.aspx

It's not as though there were a lot of choices.  Basically Entergy plants use DZ Atlantic, and everybody else uses Bartlett.  Just a thumbrule, mind you.  There are several exceptions.  Either way though, if you check with either one, you will know who has it and who doesn't.

BTW, anybody else find it a little off-putting that they consider techs "local" (and not eligible for per diem) if they live within 100 miles?  It's like they are daring people to die on the highway after work every night.
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: Protectologist on Jul 07, 2011, 10:32
Thank you for being kind to an elderly man who should have looked further than nukeworker for information.
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: Already Gone on Jul 08, 2011, 10:47
Actually, it is harder to find than it was.  Bartlett's web site is a lot more complicated than it used to be.  Atlantic's job listings are not really complete either.
There are backups at a lot of places too.  And Shaw, Westinghouse, etc. are hiring techs fro some of their projects as well.
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: chesnee on Jul 29, 2013, 06:03
Was kind of disappointed in STP this fall outage season. They were suppose to have a spring outage. Due to secondary side issues this outage was postponed. I was comfirmed for this outage and got stuck with one short outage for the spring. I had worked STP four other times and was happy working there. The last time I worked there in OCT 2012 they laid all contractors off 6 days before the end of the outage. WOW. It was a rough outage and I worked my rear off (literally). I comfirmed for spring and was happy to go back sore feet and all. Outage Postponed to fall. Do I have to comfirm again? Yes. Ok I will call early. I called. Sorry you won't be coming to STP this fall. Why? ............................. ........................  :( Well they are limiting the number of people they are hiring this fall.

 I will pick STP up again sometime. They pay well and I enjoy it there. However they lost a (Loyal) person. I got laid off early in the fall, ended up with only one short outage because I planned on STP also in the spring, and totally got screwed out of a fall season there. Left a bitter taste in my mouth. It wasn't anything I did I am confident in that. I worked hard and played nice. What more could they ask?
Title: Re: South Texas Project (STP)
Post by: ogre77414 on Dec 30, 2019, 01:29
I'm not in ops here but this is their rotation.

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