Georgia Power notched another milestone Tuesday as workers have placed eight new shield building panels on Unit 3, one of two new reactors being built at Plant Vogtle.
According to a statement issued by the company, the shield building is a system of 160 steel panels designed to protect the Unit 3 containment vessel. Each panel weighs about 10 tons and can be filled with concrete.
The shield building will “provide structural support of the containment cooling water supply” and protect the containment vessel, which houses the reactor vessel and other equipment. Six other panels were placed at Unit 3 in August.
Construction of Units 3 and 4 are now 60 percent complete based on contractual milestones, according to the release. Both units are projected to be in service by 2020, giving Vogtle the ability to power more than a million homes and businesses, making the Waynesboro, Ga., plant one of the most powerful generators nationwide.
Last month, the Vogtle co-owners announced they had settled litigation between the parties and the project’s contractors, which Bowers said has allowed the contractor, Westinghouse Electric Co., to focus fully on construction.
Georgia Power owns 45.7 percent of the facility with the remaining ownership split among Oglethorpe Power Corporation, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities.