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.
Seantor Johnny Isakson, R-GA spoke out after the final vote, saying in a press release that he was pleased with the outcome.
Gov. Nathan Deal commended the co-owning companies on their decision.
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.