New Projects, Nuclear

Georgia Power to Finish Vogtle Assessments by End of August

By Editors of Power Engineering

The future of the Vogtle nuclear expansion remains uncertain as Georgia Power announced its various assessments of the project, including a cost-to-complete and a cancellation cost assessment, will be filed with the Georgia Public Service Commission by the end of August.

Once that is complete, Georgia Power will work with the Georgia PSC to “determine the best path forward for customers.”

Georgia Power announced last week that construction will continue with Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company and the operator of Vogtle’s two existing units, would oversee construction activities at the site and license technology from Westinghouse Electric.

Westinghouse, the original chief contractor for the expansion as well as the developer of the AP1000 nuclear technology expected to be used in the expansion filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after $6 billion in losses.

Vogtle is now three years behind schedule and $1.3 billion over budget. Toshiba, the corporate parent of Westinghouse, agreed to pay $3.68 billion toward the construction of Vogtle.

The expansion of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, also under development by Westinghouse, was abandoned last week by owners Santee Cooper and SCANA.