Forward Together: Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4 Construction Completion

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Nuclear power plants are an important component of the nation’s critical infrastructure, proving a safe, reliable, and cost-effective form of energy to meet the rising demand for electricity. Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear hired Bechtel in 2017 to build nuclear energy facility Units 3&4 at Plant Vogtle to provide always-on electricity without increasing emission of greenhouse gases to the state of Georgia and its increasing population of more than four million new residents by 2030.

When complete, the new Westinghouse AP1000 reactors will be the first new nuclear generation to be built in the United States in more than 30 years and will produce enough safe, reliable, and affordable electricity to power 500,000 Georgia homes and businesses. The additional units also will provide some 800 permanent jobs.

Getting the Job Done

Bechtel quickly partnered with Southern Nuclear to increase and accelerate workforce productivity. The project has completed all major milestones since becoming the contractor of choose and is scheduled for on-time project completion.

Milestones include:

  • placement of the Unit 3 containment vessel’s 745-ton dome
  • installation of Unit 3’s nuclear steam supply system — the reactor, reactor coolant pumps, steam generators, pressurizer and associated piping
  • completion of the structural integrity, integrated leak rate, and closed vessel testing for Unit 3 to verify pipes and valves in the reactor coolant system are installed as designed
  • placement of the Unit 4 containment vessel’s final ring
  • completion of Unit 4's polar crane main block load test using an innovative water bags method instead of the traditional weight method due to limited footprint within the unit
  • successful testing of the spent fuel pool cooling system
  • installation of the first nuclear fuel load for the unit

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