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Plant Vogtle 3 and 4

Project Update

Vogtle 3 and 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, Vogtle units 1-4 will produce enough safe, reliable, affordable electricity to power 1 million Georgia homes and businesses.

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Plant Vogtle’s Powerful Impact

Vogtle 3 and 4 will have a major economic impact on the state of Georgia, creating hundreds of new jobs.


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Location

  • Plant Vogtle, Waynesboro, Georgia

Technology

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

Productivity and Progress

milestones recently achieved include:

  1. Unit 3 Nuclear Fuel Receipt – With the receipt of the first nuclear fuel assemblies in December, the site is preparing for the last major test remaining for Unit 3, hot functional testing, ahead of initial fuel load.
  2. Unit 3 Condenser Vacuum Test – The test was conducted with the main turbine on turning gear and by operating supporting systems to establish the condenser vacuum, which is necessary to demonstrate the steam supply and water-cooling systems operate together and are ready to support hot functional testing and initial fuel load in the reactor.
  3. Completion of Unit 3 Cold Hydro Testing – Confirmed the reactor's coolant system functions as designed and verified the welds, joints, pipes and other components of the coolant system and associated high-pressure systems do not leak when under pressure.
  4. Emergency Preparedness Drill – Vogtle 3 & 4 completed a required emergency preparedness exercise for a simulated emergency event for Vogtle Unit 3. Teams participated in the simulation and demonstrated their ability to effectively and efficiently respond and protect the health and safety of the public.

Owners

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%).

 Georgia Power
Oglethorpe Power Corporation
Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia
Dalton Utilities

Benefits

The new Vogtle units represent one of the largest and most important infrastructure investment projects currently underway in the United States. There are currently more than 7,000 workers at the Vogtle 3 and 4 site.

Georgia Power believes military veterans’ proven commitment to pride, duty, honor and discipline add significant value to our company’s overall success. Georgia Power recognizes that former military personnel bring experience and skill to our utility company, and that is why veterans and reservists account for more than 30 percent of new hires at Plant Vogtle. For the sixth year in a row, Southern Company is ranked the nation’s best utility corporation for veterans, reservists and guardsmen.

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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.