Georgia Power updates progress on Vogtle nuclear construction

Georgia Power said Sept. 20 that it continues to track positive progress in the construction of the new Vogtle nuclear units 3 and 4 near Waynesboro, Ga.

The project, among the first new nuclear units to be built in the United States in three decades, has marked numerous significant milestones in 2013. Following the placement of 7,000 cubic yards of concrete for the Unit 3 basemat in March, additional project progress this year has included:  

  • delivery of the Unit 3 reactor vessel and the Unit 4 deaerator to the site;
  • placement of the CR10 “cradle” module in the Unit 3 nuclear island;
  • placement of the containment vessel bottom head;
  • installation of rebar in the Unit 3 auxiliary building walls; and
  • placement of the Unit 4 nuclear island mudmat and installation of the Unit 4 basemat rebar.

Construction of key modules continues to progress, as does work on the cooling towers for both units, condenser pre-assembly, permanent office building construction, switchyard work and raw water intake structure preparation.

In addition, Georgia Power said that activities to ensure readiness for the transition to commercial operation are underway including employing and training operational personnel, developing pre-operational and startup testing, and developing operations programs and procedures. There are currently nearly 100 licensed operator candidates in different phases of the training program with 25 of these candidates being certified on the AP1000 on-site limited scope simulator in February.

The Vogtle 3 and 4 project, which this Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) subsidiary said provides $4bn more in economic value than the next best available option, is part of Georgia Power’s long-term, strategic vision for providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy for Georgians for decades to come. It is the largest job-producing project in the state, employing approximately 5,000 people during peak construction and creating 800 permanent jobs when the plant begins operating.

The new units have these co-owners: Georgia Power, 45.7%; Oglethorpe Power, 30%; MEAG Power, 22.7%; and Dalton Utilities, 1.6%. These two new units, of about 1,117 MW each, are being built next to two existing nuclear units at the site.

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