Georgia Power has announced the completion of the heaviest lift to date at its Plant Vogtle expansion project—the placement of the CA01 module for Unit 3. Weighing in at 2.28 million pounds and measuring 70 feet tall by 80 feet wide, the module was assembled onsite in a modular assembly building, moved to the nuclear island as a single piece, and lifted into place by a 560-foot tall heavy lift derrick, one of the largest cranes in the world. The all-steel CA01 module will house two steam generators for Unit 3, as well as additional equipment.
This latest lift is one of a series of recent construction milestones for the project including concrete placement on the west side of the Unit 3 Shield Building to 94 feet, Unit 4 CA04 module placement in June, and concrete placement for the Unit 3 Annex Building basement. Georgia Power also recently announced the completion of multiple transmission upgrades and installations onsite in preparation for connection of the new units to Georgia’s power grid.