PHOTOS | New Georgia nuclear plant underway

1:22 PM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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Courtesy the Atlanta Business Chronicle

WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Construction on the first of a new generation of nuclear plants is well under way in Georgia.

Most of the components necessary to construct two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Ga., are already on site.  They just need to be assembled.

In an approach far different from what was used when the first two reactors were built in the late 1980s, the $14 billion project is being put together in modules. 

The container vessels are already there, along with the foundation for what will become the turbine building and the beginnings of two cooling towers.

Ultimately, the container vessels and an outside shield wall will be fitted together and placed on top of the reactor.  "It's really like a prefab house," Buzz Miller, executive vice president for nuclear development for Georgia Power Co., said Thursday during a site tour.  "You put it in, then fill all the walls with concrete."  

Work crews conducted a test pour of concrete earlier this week in preparation for the real thing, expected to take place late in October.

Under the current schedule, the first of the new reactors is due to go into service late in 2016, followed by the second one year later.

Written by Dave Williams with the Atlanta Business Chronicle

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