This guide explains how to build 70 GW of nuclear power where there is no lag term storage of nuclear waste and the only inputs are raw materials. This is quite a big build, it took me about 40 hours to figure out and build, although you can build a smaller version of it and expand as needed. We’ll break this into 3 sections, the first is building the nuclear power plants, the second is all the required raw materials and the last is the factory that produces the nuclear fuel rods and processes the waste from raw materials.
In this build you will need a lot of construction materials, see the following guide for how to bring them to construction sites without having to constantly go back to your home base to pick up more construction materials: https://auluftwaffles.com/2022/01/09/never-run-out-of-building-material-during-a-build-in-satisfactory/
Starting with the nuclear power plants, these require uranium fuel rods and about 300 water each and produce uranium waste. I picked a location above a big lake to put down all of the 28 required nuclear power plants. I build the water extractors on one level and the nuclear power plants on the level above that. I also grouped the nuclear power plants into 2 since that is a total water demand of 600 water per minute which is exactly the limit of Mk. 2 pipeline and can be fulfilled by 5 water extractors. I delivered the uranium fuel rods and pick up the uranium waste using a train transportation network that I also used to collect the raw materials.
Now moving onto sourcing the raw materials, you will need the following input materials with at the following rates per minute:
- Copper ore: 780
- Caterium ore: 540
- Uranium: 500
- Raw quartz: 135
- Sulfur: 400
- Nitrogen gas: 480
- Limestone: 1620
- Water: 8400 for power plants, 760 for production lines
- Coal: 750
- Iron ore: 690
- Bauxite: 240
I looked for a location on the map for the production lines that had most of these raw materials available and also used a lot of power shards to boost the miner production rates to the maximum for a given raw material. For those that you can’t source locally you will need to ship it in using a transportation network. I used trains for my transportation network because they don’t require any fuel since they run on electricity and they also have high throughput since each terminal has 2 inputs and outputs. You will need to keep in mind that train terminal inputs and output cannot be driven at the maximum rate of your belts, especially if you are using both ports. This is because as the terminal loads/ unloads materials, no materials can be inserted or taken out of the terminal. For the Mk. 5 conveyor belts I usually assume that a single port can be driven at 720 materials per minute by drawing out both ports into an industrial storage container and then only using one of the output ports of the industrial storage and that that maximum rate if you are wanting to draw out raw materials from the terminal from both ports is 600 materials per minute per port.
Finally, moving onto the production lines producing the nuclear fuel rods and processing the waste. Below is a long list of the production steps that are required including which production building serves it, the input materials required and the output materials. This is for both the production of nuclear fuel rods and the processing of nuclear waste. There are some important notes to keep in mind:
- For the water production there is some output that certain stages need to sink. To keep things in balance you need to subtract that water output from the required input and be sure to only produce exactly the required amount of water by scaling down the output rate of some of the water extractors.
- Some pipelines and conveyor belts need to be doubled or tripled up, such as the limestone, since the material demand exceeds the 600 liquid capacity for Mk. 2 pipelines and Mk. 5 conveyor belts.
- Some production steps produce one of the inputs on the outputs, which is the case for sulphuric acid. In that case the net demand after subtracting the output needs to be produced. You will need to consider multiple input/ output iterations since the output is fed back into the input which then produces more output again.
- Some production lines will have to produce more than is strictly required because there isn’t an exact match between rates across recipes.
- Be sure to build the uranium waste to have over capacity so that you don’t end up with a lot of uranium waste in storage.
Now here are all the production steps required for producing uranium fuel rods and processing uranium waste so that it can be sunk into an AWESOME sink:
- 630 iron ore and 630 coal produces 630 steel ingot per minute in 14 foundry (net demand is 450 + 180 = 630)
- 180 steel ingot produces 45 steel beam per minute in 3 constructor (net demand is 36, over produce)
- 450 steel ingot produces 300 steel pipe per minute in 15 constructor (net demand is 140 + 160 = 300)
- 1620 limestone produces 540 concrete per minute 1 in 36 constructor (net demand is 150 + 150 + 240 = 540)
- 140 steel pipe and 150 concrete produces 20 encased industrial beam per minute in 5 assembler (net demand is 16.8, over produce)
- for production lines, produces 760.8 water per minute in 7 water extractor where 1 is at 34% (net demand for other is 120 + 400 – 120 + 360 = 760 water)
- for power plant, produces 8400 water per minute in 70 water extractor (net demand for power is 8400 water)
- 60 iron ore produces 60 iron ingot per minute in 2 smelter
- 60 iron ingot produces 40 iron plate per minute in 2 constructor
- 480 nitrogen gas, 120 water and 40 iron plate produces 120 nitric acid per minute in 4 blender
- 400 sulfur and 400 water produces 400 sulfuric acid per minute in 8 refinery (net demand is 266 + 120 = 386 sulfuric acid, over produce)
- 135 raw quartz produces 225 silica per minute in 6 constructor (net demand is 200 silica, over produce)
- 500 uranium and 150 concrete and 400 sulfuric acid produces 250 encased uranium cell and 100 sulfuric acid per minute in 10 blender (net demand is 240 encased uranium cell, over produce)
- net sulfuric acid is (400 – 400 / 4 – 400 / 4^2 – 400 / 4^3 – 400 / 4^4 =) 266 sulfuric acid
- 540 caterium ore produce 180 caterium ingot per minute in 12 smelter (net demand is 168, over produce)
- 168 caterium ingot produce 840 quickwire per minute in 14 constructor (net demand is 800, over produce)
- 780 copper ore produce 780 copper ingot per minute in 26 smelter (net demand is 270 + 440 + 60 = 770 copper ingot, over produce)
- 270 copper ingot produce 540 wire per minute in 18 constructor (net demand is 500 wire, over produce)
- 160 steel pipe and 500 wire produce 60 stator per minute in 12 assembler
- 440 copper ingot produce 220 copper sheet per minute in 22 constructor (net demand is 200 + 9 = 212, over produce)
- 200 copper sheet and 800 quickwire produce 40 AI limiter per minute in 8 assembler
- 60 stator and 40 AI limiter produce 40 electromagnetic control rod per minute in 10 assembler (net demand is 28 + 12 = 40 electromagnetic control rod per minute)
- 240 encassed uranium cell and 16.8 encased industrial beam and 28 electromagnetic control rod produces 5.6 uranium fuel rod per minute in 14 manufacturer
- 5.6 uranium fuel rod and 8400 water produces 70 GW and 280 uranium waste per minute in 28 nuclear power plant (net demand is 400 uranium waste, under produce)
- 300 uranium waste, 200 silica, 120 nitric acid and 120 sulfuric acid produce 400 non-fissile uranium and 120 water per minute in 8 blender
- 400 non-fissile uranium and 100 uranium waste produce 120 plutonium pallet per minute in 4 particle collider
- 120 plutonium pallet and 240 concrete produce 60 encased plutonium cell per minute in 12 assembler
- produces 240 bauxite per minute in 1 Mk. 3 miner
- 240 bauxite and 360 water produces 240 alumina solution and 100 silica in 2 refinery
- 120 coal and 240 alumina solution produces 360 aluminum scrap and 120 water per minute in 1 refinery
- net water is 360 – 360 / 3 – 360 / 3^2 – 360 / 3^3 – 360 / 3^4 = 182 so assume 180
- 360 aluminum scrap produces 180 aluminum ingot per minute in 6 smelters
- 180 alumininum ingot and 60 copper ingot produce 180 alclad aluminum sheet per minute in 6 assembler (net demand 15 alclad aluminum sheet, over produce, store and sink overflow)
- 15 alclad aluminum sheet and 9 copper sheet produce 22.5 heat sink per minute in 3 assembler (net demand 20 heat sink, over produce)
- 60 encased plutonium cell, 36 steel beam, 12 electromagnetic control rod and 20 heat sink per minute produce 2 plutonium fuel rod per minute in 8 manufacturer
- consume 2 plutonium fuel rod per minute in 1 AWESOME SINK