Plant Hatch is one of Georgia Power's two nuclear facilities. Unlike Plant Vogtle, which was built with the option to expand, there are currently no plans to enlarge the Plant Hatch facilities.
Construction of the plant began in 1968. Unit 1 began commercial operation in December 1975. Unit 2 began commercial operation in September 1979. The total cost of the plant was $934 million.
Units 1 and 2 are rated at 924 megawatts (Mw) each. The plant is powered by boiling water reactors supplied by General Electric Company. The containment building, which houses the reactor, reactor coolant system and other nuclear-related components, is constructed of reinforced concrete and carbon steel.
The plant was named for Edwin I. Hatch, president of Georgia Power from 1963 to 1975. He served as chairman of the company from 1975 until his retirement in 1978.
In 2002, Plant Hatch's operating license was extended by the NRC for an additional 20 years.
In 2008, Hatch earned accreditation renewal of all Operations and Engineering training programs by the National Nuclear Accrediting Board. The Board renewed the four-year accreditation of the following programs:
Plant Hatch has been a certified Wildlife Habitat Council Wildlife at WorkSM site since 1994. Approximately 200 acres have been replanted with native long-leaf pine. Plant Hatch also participates in bluebird and purple martin nesting programs.
Plant Hatch has entered into a Safe Harbor Agreement with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for the red-cockaded woodpecker, a federal endangered species. This Safe Harbor Agreement ensures that adequate habitat will be provided and managed properly for the red-cockaded woodpecker.
Vogtle Units 3 and 4 are the first new nuclear units built in the U.S. in the last three decades.