"Nuclear island" taking shape at Plant Vogtle Unit 3

Friday, March 16, 2012 12:39 PM
Last updated Saturday, March 17, 2012 1:56 AM
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Workers are setting the basemat rebar for Plant Vogtle’s new Unit 3 nuclear reactor, scheduled to begin producing electricity in 2016.

“This is one of the first major activities since receipt of the Combined Operating License,” a company spokesman said.

The $14 billion expansion project, for which site work has been under way three years, was given its combined operating license by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Feb. 9, authorizing both the construction and operation of the first new commercial power reactors built in the U.S. in a generation.

Last month, some of the largest components arrived, including portions of a steam condenser that will weigh 3,600 tons after the pieces are assembled at the site.

Unit 4 is scheduled to go online in 2017.

The project is expected to create up to 5,000 temporary jobs. The completed units will create 800 permanent positions, along with enough power for 1.4 million people.

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afadel 03/16/12 - 12:58 pm
Shouldn't every article about

Shouldn't every article about Plant Vogtle include information about how current rate payers are being charged for electricity that probably won't be produced on time and will probably cost more than we're being told? http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/nuclear_power_and_global_warming/nuc...

Dixieman 03/16/12 - 08:47 pm
Not from this group of lefty

Not from this group of lefty job-destroyers. Nuclear power is clean, safe, economical and wonderful. I am glad Plant Vogtle is expanding near us.

seenitB4 03/17/12 - 04:38 am
We can't go back to the horse

We can't go back to the horse & buggy days...now can we...we need power...ya gotta have it....like some say..you never know how much til it goes away...take the gadgets away fro the nay sayers & see how fast they WANT the power plants...

Frankly I could go back to GWTW days myself...& be HAPPY--cause frankly my dear I dont give a dim...:)

IndianaJones 03/17/12 - 07:40 pm
OK, it sounds great that they

OK, it sounds great that they are staging equipment and the like. Now when are they going to start hiring in earnest? I know some folks that have been short listed for four months and nary a word from the hiring managers but....soon....soon....soon.
Some of the folks they are counting on will move on to other work. They will get a lot of out of towners and then the "churn" of employees will start. Who wants that?
Please get the ball rolling.

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