Plant Vogtle's New Construction Timeline

2004:

March - Southern Co. became a founding member of the NuStart Energy Consortium.

December - Southern Co. submitted its Nuclear Power 2010 proposal to the Department of Energy (DOE). The proposal requested DOE consider Southern Nuclear in new nuclear plant licensing projects co-funded by DOE.

 

2005:

February - Southern Nuclear sent a notice of intent letter to the NRC stating its intent to submit an application for an Early Site Permit for a new nuclear plant. At that time, the company said that no site had been selected for new nuclear generation.

July - Southern Nuclear notified the NRC Plant Vogtle was selected as the site for its ESP application.

August - The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was signed into law.

Southern Nuclear announced it had officially informed the NRC that it had selected the Plant Vogtle site to evaluate for possible new nuclear generation.

Southern Nuclear announced its intent to file an ESP or pre COL application in the summer of 2006.

 

2006:

January - Southern Nuclear selects Westinghouse AP1000 technology for new units at the Plant Vogtle site.

August - Southern Nuclear filed an Early Site Permit (ESP) for new units at the Plant Vogtle site.

 

2007:

March - The NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) announced that it will allow a group of organizations to intervene in the ESP process for new units at Plant Vogtle. This announcement came following a pre-hearing in February where the ASLB reviewed information presented by the intervenors.

 

2008:

March - Southern Nuclear filed a Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) application with the NRC for new units at the Vogtle site.

April - Georgia Power entered into an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract with the Westinghouse-Shaw consortium to construct two Westinghouse AP1000 units at the site. This agreement was signed on April 8, 2008.

May - Georgia Power submitted a nuclear self-build option to the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to meet demand in the 2016-2017 timeframe. The company received no other bids in response to its 2016-2017 baseload capacity request for proposals. The Georgia PSC rules require market bids to be compared with self-build proposals, but no market bids were received.

November - Southern Nuclear was notified that five petitioners filed a petition to intervene in the COL application that the company filed for new units at Plant Vogtle. The groups are Atlanta Womens Action for New Direction (WAND), Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), Center for a Sustainable Coast, Savannah Riverkeeper and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE).

 

2009:

March - Georgia Power received certification from the Georgia Public Service Commission to build new units at the site.

The NRC's ASLB held its hearings to review contentions on the Plant Vogtle ESP.

April - Georgia Power provided the Westinghouse-Shaw consortium full notice to proceed on Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4. Shaw and Westinghouse began mobilizing at the plant site and performing activities to support construction.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Senate Bill 31, which allows Georgia Power to recover financing costs during the construction of nuclear units while they're being built, plus reducing the plant's costs to customers.

May - Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 were named NuStart's reference plant for AP1000 technology.

June - Southern Nuclear cleared another hurdle in the licensing process for new units at Plant Vogtle when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board issued its ruling on contentions related to the Early Site Permit (ESP) application. The ASLB ruled in favor of Southern Nuclear and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff in all cases.

July - Southern Nuclear begins training Operations instructors for Vogtle Units 3 and 4.

August - Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 received an ESP from the NRC.

Excavation of the area where the new units are planned began at the plant site.

 

2010:

February - President Obama and DOE Secretary Steven Chu announce the award of conditional loan guarantees for Vogtle Units 3 and 4.

March - Safety-related construction began with the first placement of backfill soil into the area excavated for Unit 3.

June - Southern Co. and DOE announce that final terms and conditions have been reached regarding the loan guarantees for the new Vogtle units.

 

2011:

March - The NRC completed its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for a Limited Work Authorization (LWA) and the Combined Construction and Operating Licenses (COL) for the Vogtle units 3 and 4. The NRC, in its FSEIS, concluded that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude issuing the LWA and COLs for construction and operation of the proposed reactors at the site.

April - The mudmats for units 3 and 4 are poured.

July - The first AP1000 component, a floor section of a very large structural module that ultimately will become the plant's auxiliary building, was delivered by Shaw Modular Solutions to the Vogtle 3 and 4 site.

August - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the Final Safety Evaluation Report for Westinghouse Electric Co.'s AP1000 reactor design.

Training classes began at a new state-of-the-art facility built for initial and continuing training of Vogtle units 3 and 4 employees.

Southern Nuclear received the Final Safety Evaluation Report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's technical staff for the Combined Construction and Operating License for Vogtle units 3 and 4.

December - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission certified Westinghouse Electric Co.'s AP1000 reactor design.

 

2012:

February –  The NRC concludes its mandatory hearing on Southern Nuclear Operating Co.’s application for two Combined Licenses (COL) at the Vogtle site. In a 4-1 vote, the NRC found the staff’s review adequate to make the necessary regulatory safety and environmental findings, clearing the way for the NRC’s Office of New Reactors to issue the COLs.

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