Hot Tests At Vogtle 3 Pushed Back

Georgia Power Company said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on 19 March that the planned November start up of unit 3 at the Vogtle NPP in Georgia could be delayed by at least a month.

The filing said that Southern Nuclear Operating Company “had identified, and is in the process of completing, additional construction remediation work, primarily related to electrical commodity installations, necessary to ensure quality and design standards are met as system turnovers are completed prior to starting hot functional testing and fuel load for Plant Vogtle unit 3”. As a result, Georgia Power now expects the start of hot functional testing to be delayed into April.

Hot testing for Unit 3 at the Vogtle Nuclear Plant expansion project is expected to be pushed back to April, Georgia Power Company said in a March filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Vogtle expansion The filing said its operating concern, Southern Nuclear Operating Company, “had identified, and is the process of completing, additional remediation work, primarily related to electrical commodity installations, necessary to ensure quality and design standards are met as system turnovers are completed prior to starting hot functional testing and fuel load for Plant Vogtle, unit 3.”

Southern Nuclear also said it was “reviewing the project’s construction quality programs and, where needed implementing improvement plans consistent with these processes,” noting that it had “existing processes” to assure compliance with a variety of overseers, including the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Southern Nuclear itself and the Westinghouse Electric Company Design Control Document.

Reviewing the in-place processes could reveal other remediation work to assure the plant will comply with all of its regulatory obligations.

Southern said it’s start-up schedule for Unit 3 was now “challenged,” and a delay of another month or more was possible.

The Vogtle project, now estimated as a $25 billion project, has gone through many scheduled changes. The original start-up dates for the two-unit expansion was 2016 and 2017. The company now says the Unit 3 project has reached 98 percent completion.

 

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