Update on Vogtle project sent to state regulators

Plant Vogtle

Georgia Power on Friday announced that it has filed the 14th Vogtle Construction Monitoring report with the state’s Public Service Com­mis­sion, highlighting progress made on the construction of two new nuclear reactors through the end of 2015.


The report, according to the Atlanta-based company, includes $160 million in investments made in the final six months of 2015 toward the completion of Plant Vogtle’s Unit 3 and 4 reactors, both of which are expected to be operational by 2020. It was filed with the Georgia Public Service Com­mis­sion, which earlier this month approved $148 million in construction costs, according to a Georgia Power statement.

To date, the commission has approved all costs submitted by Georgia Power through the reporting process. The company owns 45.7 percent of the facility.

Included in the report are the arrival of two steam generators from South Korea and the Unit 4 Core Makeup Tank from Italy. Also mentioned were the placement of the first shield building panels for Unit 3 and the positioning of a 950-ton containment vessel lower ring for Unit 4.

Georgia Power spokesman Ja­cob Hawkins said Friday that the report filing is just the beginning of a monthslong process during which the site’s expenses will be scrutinized by the Public
Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and the public. The next step, he said, is to file detailed testimony on the construction’s progress ahead of meeting with the commission to answer questions about on-site decisions.

The Waynesboro, Ga., construction site is the largest in the state and employs more than 5,000 workers. When Unit 3 and 4 enter service, Vogtle will generate more electricity than any other nuclear facility in the U.S., according to the statement.

Current estimates put the project at about 60 percent complete, though Georgia Pow­er officials said in No­vem­ber that physical construction is actually closer to 26.4 percent.

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