Southern targets December for Vogtle-3 startup

May 3, 2021, 6:54AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Vogtle-3 turbine generator. Photo: Georgia Power

Southern Company is targeting December for placing Vogtle-3 in service, according to Tom Fanning, the company’s chairman, president, and chief executive officer, who spoke with financial analysts on April 29 in its first-quarter earnings call. “The site work plan now targets fuel load in the third quarter and late December 2021 in-service date for Unit 3,” Fanning said. “Of course, any delays could result in a first-quarter 2022 Unit 3 in-service date.”

Fanning added that direct construction of Unit 4 is now about 80 percent complete and that the site’s current work plan “targets completion in the third quarter of 2022, which would provide margin to the regulatory approved November [2022] in-service date.”

Southern subsidiary Georgia Power announced in March that Vogtle-3—the first of two 1,100-MWe AP1000 pressurized water reactors under construction at the Vogtle plant near Waynesboro, Ga.—would likely miss its November regulatory approved start date.


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