Georgia Power files recommendation to complete Vogtle nuclear plant expansion


US-based electric utility Georgia Power has filed a new recommendation with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to proceed with construction of units three and four of the Vogtle nuclear plant.

Supported by project co-owners Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power, and Dalton Utilities, the recommendation features the results of a comprehensive schedule, cost-to-complete, and cancellation evaluation.

The evaluation involved economic analysis and the examination of various alternatives such as abandoning the units or converting to gas-fired generation.

Georgia PSC is due to review the recommendation and make a decision under the 17th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) proceeding.

"[The new units] will add another low-cost, carbon-free energy source to our already diverse fuel mix."

Georgia Power chairman, president, and CEO Paul Bowers said: “Completing the Vogtle unit three and four expansion will enable us to continue delivering clean, safe, affordable, and reliable energy to millions of Georgians, both today and in the future.

“The two new units at Plant Vogtle will be in service for 60 to 80 years and will add another low-cost, carbon-free energy source to our already diverse fuel mix.”

The units are expected to preserve the benefits of carbon-free, baseload power generation. Vogtle Unit three is scheduled to be operational by November 2021, while Unit four is expected by November 2022.