New shield building panels placed at Vogtle Unit 3 project

ATLANTA, Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Georgia Power announced today the latest milestone at the Vogtle nuclear expansion – the recent placement of eight new shield building panels for Unit 3. The placement of the new shield building panels follows the placement of the initial six panels for Unit 3 in August 2015.

The shield building, which encapsulates the Unit 3 containment vessel, is comprised of more than 160 individual steel panels. The reinforced individual panels can weigh 10 tons or more and be filled with concrete. Once fully assembled, the shield building will provide structural support of the containment cooling water supply and protect the containment vessel, which houses the reactor vessel and associated equipment.

Now more than 60 percent complete based on contractual milestones, progress continues at the Vogtle site every day. Major milestones completed in 2015 included the placement of the 1,140-ton CA01 module for Unit 3, the placement of the 950-ton lower ring for Unit 4 and more than 26,000 total cubic yards of concrete.

The projected overall peak rate impact of the Vogtle nuclear expansion is significantly less than when the project was originally certified. The project’s remaining projected customer rate impact is still approximately 2.5 percent, an average of less than 1 percent per year through the expected completion date of 2020. Once the new units come online, they are expected to put downward pressure on rates and deliver long-term savings for Georgia customers.

Follow the Action 
Click here to watch a time-lapse video of one of the massive shield building panels being lifted into place by one of the world’s largest cranes.

Click here to visit the online Vogtle 3 & 4 photo gallery, updated every month with the latest photos of the project. 

What Vogtle Means to Georgia 
The expansion at Plant Vogtle is part of Georgia Power’s long-term, strategic plan for providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy for Georgians. Once units 3 and 4 join the existing two Vogtle units already in operation, Plant Vogtle is expected to generate more electricity than any other U.S. nuclear facility, enough to power more than one million homes and businesses. Southern Nuclear is overseeing construction and will operate the new units on behalf of Georgia Power, which owns 45.7 percent of the facility, and co-owners Oglethorpe Power Corporation, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities.  

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity.  Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.4 million customers in all but four ofGeorgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind.   Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower) and Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower).