It took 15 years and 14,000 workers to build the first two nuclear power reactors at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant. Units 1 and 2 were completed in 1989 at a cost of $8.79 billion. The time frame for constructing Units 3 and 4 is six to seven years, and only 3,000 to 3,500 workers will be needed. Today the design of the reactors is simpler and most parts are built elsewhere then shipped to the site. The cost is projected at $14.5 billion.
Learn more about Vogtle's new reactors in a special report in Sunday's Chronicle.