With project manager and reactor designer Westinghouse Electric Company declaring bankruptcy in March this year, it was a dramatic, hectic, nerve-wracking year for the Plant Vogtle Expansion project in Waynesboro, Georgia.
Throughout the front-office drama, however, involving negotiations with Westinghouse owner Toshiba over a contract settlement and the federal government over loan guarantees, majority owner of the project, Georgia Power, send periodic reminders out: The workers at the site were chugging along, business as usual. They may have been looking over their shoulders quite a bit, especially when project owners in South Carolina at a similar Westinghouse-dominated project opted to pull the plug with their two-reactor expansion project only halfway towards completion.
Georgia Power, along with the other Plant Vogtle project owners Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities, perhaps heroically, went the other way. Recent news includes an early payment of the $3.2 billion that Toshiba and the owners agreed would allow Toshiba to get clear of the project and a large increase in Department of Energy loan guarantees.
Here's the 2017 wrap up, compliments of the project owners. And a video clip to help put the year into perspective:
Here's the clip:
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