The Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, located near Waynesboro in eastern Georgia near the South Carolina border, is jointly owned by Georgia Power (45.7%), Oglethorpe Power Corporation (30%), Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (22.7%) and Dalton Utilities (1.6%).
Plant Vogtle is one of Georgia Power's two nuclear facilities and is one of three nuclear facilities in the Southern Company system.
Each unit is capable of generating 1,215 megawatts (Mw) for a total capacity of 2,430 Mw. The plant is powered by pressurized water reactors (PWR) manufactured by Westinghouse. The turbines and electric generators are manufactured by General Electric. The containment building, which houses the reactor, reactor coolant system and other nuclear-related components, is constructed of reinforced concrete and carbon steel.
Units 3 and 4 are the first new generation of nuclear energy facilities under construction in the U.S. The rising demands for electricity combined with concerns about clean air are two of the leading issues generating interest in new nuclear facilities. Nuclear energy is the only power source that consistently produces electricity 24/7 without creating harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
When completed (2017/2018), the Plant Vogtle complex will be the largest nuclear generating station in the U.S. As of fall 2013, construction was more than one half complete. Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 will provide the best value for Georgia residents as compared to all possible fuel choice.
Plant Vogtle Facts:
- In June 2009, Plant Vogtle's Operating license was extended for an additional 20 years.
- Southern Company's three nuclear plants have operated at high levels of reliability, with an average three-year fleet capacity factor of 93.1 percent, exceeding the U.S. average of 88.7 percent for the years 2010-2012.
- Nuclear power typically has the highest capacity factor of any generation source — about 90 percent.
- Power uprate projects added approximately 20 megawatts of output to each unit in 2008 while also upgrading several plant systems.
- Plant Vogtle has been certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council since 1993 for wildlife enhancement and conservation efforts.
Vogtle Units 3 and 4 are the first new nuclear units built in the U.S. in the last three decades.
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