Owners vote to continue construction on new Plant Vogtle reactors

Owners vote to continue construction on new Plant Vogtle reactors
Plant Vogtle; Source: WFXG

BURKE COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - After some uncertainty about the future of Plant Vogtle, the owners (Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities) voted Wednesday to continue construction of reactors 3 and 4.

All four co-owners agreed to finalize an agreement to help mitigate their financial exposure in the project.

"We are all pleased to have reached an agreement and to be moving forward with the construction of Vogtle Units 3 & 4 which is critical to Georgia's energy future," said the co-owners. "While there have been and will be challenges throughout this process, we remain committed to a constructive relationship with each other and are focused on reducing project risk and fulfilling our commitment to our customers."

Seantor Johnny Isakson, R-GA spoke out after the final vote, saying in a press release that he was pleased with the outcome.

"As someone who has supported Plant Vogtle since its inception and understands the need for us to provide renewable, affordable and safe energy, I am pleased that all parties were able to come together on an agreement to complete this critical project," said Isakson. "Today's agreement allowing the completion of Plant Vogtle is a huge step forward to strengthen America's nuclear security and energy security and to preserve the more than 7,000 Georgia jobs created by this project."

Gov. Nathan Deal commended the co-owning companies on their decision.

"I commend Georgia Power, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, Dalton Utilities and Oglethorpe Power Corporation for reaching an agreement to ensure that this critical infrastructure and economic development project will continue," said Deal. "I appreciate the co-owners of this project honoring their commitments, as our low carbon-free rates allow us to remain competitive in this economic development environment and have helped to make Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation for business for five consecutive years. This project will ensure that Georgia citizens have a long-term, affordable and sustainable energy source, while also creating thousands of jobs. I look forward to the completion of Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4 and its continued impact on our economy and infrastructure."

Plant Vogtle, which employs more than 7,000 workers from all across the country, will have 800 available permanent jobs once the new units begin operating. Units 3 and 4 are the first new nuclear reactors to be constructed in the U.S. in more than 30 years. Reactor 3 is expected to come online in Nov. 2021 with Unit 4 following one year later in Nov. 2022.

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