Georgia Power Company to Take Over Plant Vogtle Project
The U.S. Department of Energy has approved the Georgia Power Company’s plan to manage Plant Vogtle’s expansion, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported on Friday following an announcement by Georgia Power.
Southern Nuclear, a Georgia Power affiliate, will oversee construction at the site just south of Augusta. Toshiba Corp., the parent company of the project’s former contractor Westinghouse Electric Co., filed for bankruptcy in March, according to the report. The company had reportedly taken losses due to delays in construction and cost overruns at Plant Vogtle.
According to Southern CEO Tome Fanning, the utility will decide in August whether the project will continue.
“We remain focused on safety and quality as we complete this transition,” said Mark Rauckhorst, executive vice president for the Vogtle project.
In 2009, The Georgia Public Service Commission approved plans to construct two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.
“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,” Rauckhorst said.