Vogtle co-owners to continue AP1000 project

09 October 2018

In a unanimous vote crucial to the future of the only nuclear power plant construction project in the United States, all four co-owners of the two Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors being built at Georgia Power’s Vogtle site in Waynesboro, Georgia, agreed this week to continue the project. Continuing the Vogtle build keeps the United States on a path to stay competitive in the global nuclear technology market, the Nuclear Energy Institute said.

Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power is the majority owner in the Vogtle project, with a 45.7 % stake. The other owners are Oglethorpe Power (30 percent), Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (22.7 %) and Dalton Utilities (1.6 %).

The Vogtle 3 and 4 project is about two-thirds complete and the reactors are expected to come on-line in November 2021 and November 2022.

Of four AP1000s that also have been under construction at Sanmen and Haiyang in China, three started up over the last two months, and Sanmen 1 began commercial operations Sept. 21. The fourth is expected to start up by the end of the year.

Successful completion of the AP1000s at Vogtle will further bolster America’s nuclear energy sector and will help confront the clear strategic challenge to the United States as nations around the world leverage their commercial nuclear programs as tools of geopolitical influence.

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