Installation of nuclear power unit's building panels begins

Plant Vogtle building panels installed

Georgia Power placed the first six shield building panels on Unit 3 at the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project in Georgia.

The unit of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) will install more than 160 individual steel panels on the shield building, which encapsulates the Unit 3 containment vessel. Once assembled, the shield building will provide structural support of the containment cooling water supply and protect the containment vessel, which houses the reactor vessel and associated equipment. The utility also announced the placement of the CA04 module in Unit 4 and concrete placement for the Unit 3 building basemat. Workers also performed the heaviest lift of the project when it placed the 2.28 million pound Unit 3 CA01 module earlier this month.

The Georgia Public Service Commission approved $169 million in construction and capital costs for the Plant Vogtle expansion, which includes two 1,100-MW Westinghouse AP1000 reactors.

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