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Vogtle 3 & 4 Project Overview

Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 will be the first new nuclear units built in the United States in the last three decades. As construction continues, Georgia Power remains focused on completing Vogtle units 3 and 4 with safety and quality as top priorities. Once complete, the Vogtle site will produce enough safe, reliable, afford-able electricity to power 1 million Georgia homes and businesses.

OWNERS

  • Georgia Power, 45.7 percent; Oglethorpe Power, 30 percent; MEAG Power, 22.7 percent; Dalton Utilities, 1.6 percent
  • Licensee/operator for owners: Southern Nuclear

LOCATION

  • Plant Vogtle, Waynesboro, Georgia

TECHNOLOGY

  • Two Westinghouse AP1000 (Advanced Passive) nuclear units
  • About 1,117 megawatts each

TIMELINE

  • Georgia Power filed for an Application for Certification of Vogtle units 3 and 4 with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) in August 2008.
  • The Georgia PSC approved the need and cost-effectiveness, granting approval to implement the proposed Vogtle expansion in March 2009.
  • In August 2009, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued an Early Site Permit and Limited Work Authorization.
  • The NRC issued the Construction and Operating Licenses (COLs) for Vogtle units 3 and 4 in February 2012.
  • In 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy and Georgia Power closed on loan guarantees for the construction of Vogtle units 3 and 4, providing customers approximately $265 million of present-value benefit.
  • Westinghouse filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2017. Southern Nuclear assumed control of the Vogtle 3 and 4 site.
  • Georgia Power filed a recommendation with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) in August 2017 to continue construction of Vogtle units 3 and 4. The project's co-owners, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities, all support the recommendation. The Georgia PSC is expected to review the recommendation and make a decision regarding the future of the Vogtle 3 and 4 project as part of the 17th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) proceeding.
  • Vogtle units 3 and 4 are expected to be placed in service in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

PROJECT UPDATE

Georgia Power filed a recommendation with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) on Aug. 31, 2017 to continue construction of Vogtle units 3 and 4. The project's co-owners, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities, all support the recommendation. The recommendation is based on the results of a comprehensive schedule, cost-to-complete and cancellation assessment. The Georgia PSC is expected to review the recommendation and make a decision regarding the future of the Vogtle 3 and 4 project as part of the 17th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) proceeding.

The construction of the new Vogtle units is driving thousands of American jobs and will create nearly 800 new nuclear careers once operational, including careers for many veterans of the armed services. More than 6,000 workers from across the country remain on-site today working to complete the nation's first new nuclear units in 30 years.

IMPACT FOR CUSTOMERS

From the beginning of the Vogtle expansion, Georgia Power has worked to minimize the impact of the new units on customer bills. This effort continues during the Georgia PSC's review of the recommendation with the company recently announcing a conditional commitment of approximately $1.67 billion in additional loan guarantees for the project from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as receipt of the first of multiple scheduled parent guarantee payments from Toshiba. Today, the total expected rate impact of the project remains less than the original estimate, after including anticipated customer benefits from federal production tax credits, interest savings from loan guarantees from the DOE and the fuel savings of nuclear energy.

Final approval and issuance of these additional loan guarantees by the DOE cannot be assured and are subject to the negotiation of definitive agreements, completion of due diligence by the DOE, receipt of any necessary regulatory approvals, and satisfaction of other conditions.

PRODUCTIVITY AND PROGRESS

Georgia Power and the Vogtle project's other co-owners responded to the March 29, 2017 Westinghouse bankruptcy quickly, effectively and to the benefit of customers by protecting customers' investments to date in the Vogtle expansion and ensuring that progress continued uninterrupted.

Since Southern Nuclear assumed control of the site from Westinghouse at the end of July, momentum has accelerated with a consistent focus on safe, high-quality construction.

VOGTLE 3 AND 4 CONSTRUCTION MILESTONES SINCE AUGUST 2017

  • Placement of two 1.4 million-pound steam generators for Unit 3
  • Placement of the 60-foot-tall AP1000 pressurizer compartment for Unit 4
  • Placement of the second of four accumula-tor tanks (part of the AP1000 passive core cooling system)
  • Placement of the CA33 floor module inside the Unit 3 containment vessel
  • Placement of the 148-foot, 300-ton deaerator inside the Unit 4 turbine building

BECHTEL ENGAGEMENT

Georgia Power has contracted with global engineering, construction and project management firm Bechtel to manage daily construction efforts. Bechtel will work under the direction of Southern Nuclear, the Southern Company subsidiary which operates the existing units at Plant Vogtle.

Bechtel brings a well-qualified, talented team with strong leadership and senior-level engagement and a strong relationship with the building trades. They have also developed a comprehensive, risk-informed plan to achieve success on the project.

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