With nearly two and a half years of construction under its belt at Georgia's Vogtle nuclear plant, Southern Company continues to document its progress toward building the first AP1000 reactors in the United States.
The on-site workforce for units 3 and 4 currently stands at about 1,800, and so far they've begun fabricating containment vessels, moved millions of cubic yards of back fill and built a range of support facilities. In the new photos below, taken in November, Southern provides a glimpse of: The massive pipes installed to provide water to the reactors, the circular track between the reactor islands for a heavy-lift derrick crane currently under construction to place 1,000-ton modular sections of the containment vessel, and the AP1000 simulator that will be used to train future operators.
The $14.8 billion reactors are scheduled to be completed in 2016 and 2017, with the construction workforce peaking at 3,500.
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what a waste of resources...at what price???
What a misinformed comment...the sentiment of which can only lead to a further inability of our country to be a world leader in many regards.
Great to see United States first AP1000 reactors at its earlier and growing state.
Really looking forward for it!!
And if you didn't have these resources you would not be able to make idiotic comments!
It is truly amazing how BIG such a project can become...!
And all of this for two reactors that might be some twenty feet in diameter.
But in the end, we will have large, very large, amounts of electricity delivered
safely and quite reliably. After the accounting put-down on costs, over many
years when those initial costs are absorbed, we'll have electricity over another
long period of time (80 years, perhaps 100?) when all we'll pay is fuel and
operating costs. Isn't this astounding?
Vern Cornell... San Diego
Kconra - unless you're living OFF the grid, you are in no position to second guess the economic decisions of the primary eletricity producers. You can count on the private company stockholders to ensure these companies make the best decisions with an abundance of study and tremendous consideration for the environment as well as the political climate.