New Projects, Nuclear, Reactors

Crane testing begins at Vogtle nuclear power plant site in Georgia

Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) on August 20 said testing has begun on a component in the construction of two new 1,100 MW AP1000 nuclear units at Plant Vogtle 3 and 4 – a 560-foot tall heavy lift derrick, one of the biggest cranes in the world. In addition, major components will begin arriving to the site later this year and early 2013, the first of which will be the reactor vessel for Unit 3. The Unit 3 condensers have arrived from South Korea, where they were manufactured.

Also at the site, work has been done on turbine islands, cooling towers and nuclear islands. Over the next several months, progress will continue to be made in the nuclear island, turbine building and module assemblies.

“The project is progressing extremely well, especially when compared to other large-scale infrastructure projects worldwide,” said Joseph A. “Buzz” Miller, executive vice president of Nuclear Development for Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear.

Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Co., is overseeing construction and will operate the two new units for Georgia Power and co-owners Oglethorpe Power Corp., the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities. Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Co., owns 45.7 percent of the new units, with a certified cost of $6.1 billion.

Unit 3 is scheduled to go online in 2016, and Unit 4 will follow in 2017.

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