The Department of Energy initially demanded a credit subsidy fee, but the demand was ultimately dropped given the financial strength of Southern Co. and the Vogtle project. [citation needed], In March 2017, Westinghouse Electric Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to losses from its two U.S. nuclear construction projects. Georgia Power also continues work with the project’s Co-owners (Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities) to complete a full-scale schedule and cost-to-complete analysis of the project. [54] This was preceded by the containment vessel third ring, as well as reactor coolant pump and polar crane installation in unit 3 during 2018 and 2019. Part of the AP1000 passive core cooling system, accumulators are spherical tanks of borated water inside the containment vessel. The resulting loss of electrical power in the plant's "vital circuits" shut down the residual heat removal (RHR) pump that was cooling the core of Unit 1 (which was nearing the end of a refueling outage) and prevented the backup RHR from activating. The contract represented the first agreement for new nuclear development in the United States since the Three Mile Island accident in 1979, and it received approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission on March 17, 2009.[25][26]. The DOE loan guarantees are expected to save Georgia Power's customers millions in interest costs annually over the expected life of any guaranteed borrowing. In addition to providing structural support, the protective walls of CA05 will also separate various rooms in containment. The tanks are manufactured in Italy by Mangiarotti, a manufacturer of components for nuclear plants and oil and gas drilling. The non-emergency electrical trains were being powered by back-feeding from the switchyard through the main step-up transformer to the 1-A and 1-B unit auxiliary transformers (UAT). Construction of Unit 3 at Plant Vogtle in Georgia is now 91% complete, according to Georgia Power. Georgia Power and the other Vogtle co-owners, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities, received a total of $3.68 billion in parent guarantee payments from Toshiba, the full amount owed by the parent company of former primary Vogtle contractor Westinghouse. [50], In August 2018 a $2.3 billion increase in costs was recognised. The 1.4 million pound, 78-feet long component was the first lift with the new Lampson crane, which will be used for major lifts going forward. August - Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 received an ESP from the NRC. The PRHR heat exchanger is a key feature of the AP1000 reactor’s passive core cooling system, which is part of the larger AP1000 passive safety system. The last of the "Big 6" modules, the 52-ton CA02 module for Unit 4, is placed. Units 1 and 2 were completed in 1987 and 1989, respectively. The startup was successful. Do not reuse text or graphics without written permission. Circuit Court of Appeals. Privacy Statement, Company Response to COVID-19 FAQ for our Business customers, Benefits of Building Energy Efficient Homes, Groundwater Monitoring and Dewatering Plant List, Georgia Power’s energy efficiency programs save customers money and help reduce impact of summer heat, Georgia Power crews scheduled to assist with Hurricane Laura recovery, Georgia Power customers to see $18 reduction on October bills, Georgia Power Prepared for Tropical Storm Zeta, Southern Company announces leadership change at Georgia Power as Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power, announces succession plan. The modules, weighing 52 tons and 237 tons, respectively, are critical components and part of the In-Containment Refueling Water Storage Tank. The first accumulator tank was successfully placed inside the Unit 3 containment vessel on July 26. In 2016, Southern Company and Westinghouse added construction firm Bechtel to the project to share construction management responsibilities. We are planning to use nuclear units to extend reliable and affordable supplies of electricity in the Southeast. Like its counterpart that was delivered in March, this massive component was fabricated in South Korea, shipped to the Port of Savannah and then delivered by railcar to the Vogtle site. The ASLB ruled in favor of Southern Nuclear and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff in all cases.

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