Second Containment Ring In Place For Vogtle Unit 3

A second containment vessel ring has been set in place for Unit 3 at the Plant Vogtle expansion project near Waynesboro, Ga., the projects primary owner Georgia Power announced on Tuesday.

Vogtle NPP expansionThe second ring is the middle ring for the containment vessel. Placement of the 2.4 million pound ring, which stands 51 feet tall, is one of a series of major lifts at the construction site in recent weeks. Workers have also lifted and placed the 612,000-pound Unit 3 reactor vessel and the 2-million pound CA01 module for Unit 4.

The containment ring (see photo) consists of dozens of individual steel plates. It was fabricated on site, Georgia Power said.

The two-unit expansion project is expected to put the Vogtle facility at the top of the nation's nuclear plants with regard to production. The two 1,100-megawatt AP1000 units are co-owned by Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities. Georgia Power own 45.7 percent of the new reactors.

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