Georgia Power has finalised a new service agreement with Westinghouse for the expansion of Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, which will see the first new nuclear units built in the US for more than three decades.  

Westinghouse was previously the primary contractor for all construction activities. The company produces the AP1000 nuclear technology being used in the new units. 

The new service agreement received approval from the the US Department of Energy last week, with Southern Nuclear overseeing construction activities at the site.

Southern Nuclear is the Southern Company subsidiary that operates the existing units at Vogtle facility.

Vogtle 3 and 4 project executive vice-president Mark Rauckhorst said: "We are already in the midst of a seamless transition for the thousands of workers across the site, allowing us to sustain the progress we are making every day on both units.

"We remain focused on safety and quality as we complete this transition."   

The agreement covers engineering, procurement and licensing support from Westinghouse, as well as access to Westinghouse intellectual property required for the project.

Under the new structure, hundreds of Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear employees will assume project management roles.

Georgia Power stated that it continues to work with the project's co-owners, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities, to finish the schedule, as well as cost-to-complete analysis for the project.  

Image: Units 3 and 4 under construction at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Georgia. Photo: courtesy of Georgia Power Company.