1,800+ cubic yards of concrete placed for Vogtle Unit 3 CA20 module
45-hour continuous pour a key achievement for vertical construction of new nuclear unit
ATLANTA, March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power announced today the latest milestone at the Vogtle nuclear expansion – the placement of more than 1,800 cubic yards of concrete to fill the walls of the CA20 module. The 45-hour continuous pour is a key achievement for the vertical construction of the shield building and will provide structural support for the installation of select mechanical modules.
The CA20 module, which weighs more than 2.2 million pounds, was placed in March of 2014. Towering more than five stories tall with a footprint of approximately 67 feet long by 47 feet wide, the CA20 module will house various plant components, including the used fuel storage area.
Expanding Plant Vogtle is part of Georgia Power's long-term, strategic plan for providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy to meet the growing energy needs of Georgia. The Vogtle expansion is the largest construction project in Georgia with more than 5,000 workers onsite today and 800 permanent future jobs. When the new units join the existing two units already in operation, Plant Vogtle is expected to generate more electricity than any other U.S. nuclear facility, enough to power more than one million homes and businesses.
The projected overall peak rate impact of the Vogtle nuclear expansion continues to be significantly less than when the project was originally certified due to lower financing rates and other benefits the company has proactively pursued, and the fuel savings of nuclear. The project's remaining projected customer rate impact is still approximately 2.5 percent, an average of less than 1 percent per year through the expected completion dates of June 2019 for Unit 3 and June 2020 for Unit 4. Once the new units come online, they are expected to put downward pressure on rates and deliver long-term savings for Georgia customers.
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Now more than 60 percent complete based on contractual milestones, progress continues across the Vogtle site. Click here for the time-lapse video of the March 2014 CA20 placement. Click here to visit the online Vogtle 3 & 4 photo gallery, updated every month with the latest photos of the project.
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