Georgia Power's Vogtle Unit 3 Moves Closer to Operation as Integrated Flush Begins
ATLANTA, Aug. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Workers at Georgia Power's Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear expansion near Waynesboro, Georgia, have achieved another major milestone as the process to push water through system piping and mechanical components that feed into the Unit 3 reactor vessel and reactor coolant loops for the first time has begun. Known as integrated flush, this process will clean and remove any foreign material ahead of the initial startup of Unit 3.
"The start of integrated flush is a major step on our path to operations," said Vogtle 3 and 4 Construction Executive Vice President Glen Chick. "Over the next few months we will work through this process to clean and test the system piping and components that feed into the reactor vessel or reactor coolant loops, which is key to ensuring the successful startup of Unit 3."
Significant progress continues to be made at the construction site, with the project now approximately 79 percent complete. Recent milestones have included the placement of the containment vessel middle ring for Unit 4, and the placement of three low-pressure turbine rotors and the generator rotor inside the Unit 3 turbine building.
The project workforce remains at an all-time high with approximately 8,000 workers on site. With more than 800 permanent jobs available once the units begin operating, Vogtle 3 and 4 is currently the largest jobs-producing construction project in the state of Georgia.
New aerial video highlights progress
Georgia Power has released a new aerial video of the nation's only new nuclear units currently under construction. The video provides a bird's-eye view inside the nuclear containment areas of both units, as well as the turbine buildings where electricity will be generated to power approximately 500,000 homes and businesses once the units are completed.
Follow the progress being made at the site with the Plant Vogtle 3 and 4 Online Photo Gallery.
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Certain information contained in this release is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning the expected schedule for construction of Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4. Georgia Power cautions that there are certain factors that can cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Georgia Power; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Georgia Power's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: the ability to control costs and avoid cost and schedule overruns during the development, construction, and operation of facilities, including Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4, which includes components based on new technology that only recently began initial operation in the global nuclear industry at this scale, and including changes in labor costs, availability and productivity; challenges with management of contractors, subcontractors or vendors; adverse weather conditions; shortages, delays, increased costs or inconsistent quality of equipment, materials, and labor; contractor or supplier delay; nonperformance under construction, operating, or other agreements; operational readiness, including specialized operator training and required site safety programs; engineering or design problems; design and other licensing-based compliance matters, including the timely submittal by Southern Nuclear of the Inspections, Tests, Analyses, and Acceptance Criteria documentation for each unit and the related reviews and approvals by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ("NRC") necessary to support NRC authorization to load fuel; challenges with start-up activities, including major equipment failure, system integration or regional transmission upgrades; and/or operational performance; the ability to construct facilities in accordance with the requirements of permits and licenses (including satisfaction of NRC requirements), to satisfy any environmental performance standards and the requirements of tax credits and other incentives, and to integrate facilities into the Southern Company system upon completion of construction; legal proceedings and regulatory approvals and actions related to construction projects, such as Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 and pipeline projects, including public service commission approvals and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and NRC actions; under certain specified circumstances, a decision by holders of more than 10% of the ownership interests of Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 not to proceed with construction, and the ability of other Vogtle owners to tender a portion of their ownership interests to Georgia Power following certain construction cost increases; the inherent risks involved in operating and constructing nuclear generating facilities; the ability of counterparties of Georgia Power and its subsidiaries to make payments as and when due and to perform as required. Georgia Power expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward‐looking information.
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