Vogtle 3 Finally Energized, Georgia Expects Better Safety and More Job Opportunities
Nuclear reactor Vogtle 3 is finally energized and permanently powered after 5 years of construction and prep works. The energization is one of the major initial steps prior to unit deployment. After the power up, testings can be started to ensure everything is in order and ready to go. The project is moving along as scheduled and is expected to be operational by 2021.
Safer and Economical Nuclear Power
The expansion units provides additional capacity for the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, co-owned and operated by four southeastern utilities including Georgia Power, OPC, and MEAG Power.
Atlanta-based utility provider, Georgia Power, recently reported 77% completion of the Vogtle expansion units, right within forecasted project costs and timeline.Vogtle 3 will be the first unit in the industry to operate with the AP1000 pressurized water reactor mechanism. The technology lets nuclear plants cool down automatically without operator input. This will help the Vogtle Plant operate more safely and economically.
Project-Based and Permanent Jobs Creation in the State
The economic benefits of Vogtle 3 extends to job generation in Georgia and surrounding states. The construction and initial works for the additional reactors have created opportunities for 7000 on-site workers. The full operation of the units will also provide permanent employment for 800 positions. It is no surprise that Vogtle is currently the leading job creator in the state of Georgia. And it will continue to be once units 3 and 4 become fully operational in 2021.
Vogtle 3: More Upsides than Down
The excitement for Vogtle 3 and 4 is tempered by concerns regarding pricing rates. The increment is expected to rise as much as 10% by the completion of the units. However, Georgia Power is pursuing further cost reduction measures to even out its effects on the consumer bills.
On the other hand, The security and financial incentives far outweigh the initial sacrifices. The current and potential benefits of installing Vogtle 3 and 4 include income-generation opportunities, higher safety standards, and increased reliability of on-grid power in Georgia and adjacent areas.