Georgia Power has announced the placement of the nuclear reactor vessel inside Unit 4 containment at the Vogtle nuclear expansion project near Waynesboro, Georgia. Standing 35 feet tall, the reactor vessel functions as a heat source from the nuclear fission process to produce steam that will generate electricity for homes and businesses throughout Georgia. Click here to view a time-lapse video of the placement, which took approximately six hours.
The placement of the reactor vessel is the latest milestone accomplished at the Vogtle site. Additionally, Georgia Power also recently filed the 18th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) Report with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) highlighting additional progress at the site through the end of 2017. Additionally, the reported noted a revised, lower projected rate impact for customers of 9.8% with more than half of this already in place on bills. This is well below original projections of approximately 12% thanks to new federal tax laws, anticipated customer benefits from federal production tax credits, interest savings from loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the fuel savings of nuclear energy.
Additionally, Georgia Power bill credits totaling $188 million were approved by the Georgia PSC as part of its order to continue construction of Vogtle 3 & 4 as a direct result of the Toshiba parent guarantee payments. The credits, amounting to $75 per individual customer, will be distributed across three separate Georgia Power bills in 2018.
Click here to read more about the latest savings and benefits announced for Georgia Power customers. To follow the progress with new photos every month, visit the Plant Vogtle 3 & 4 Online Photo Gallery.