Georgia Power announced Friday that it has contracted with global engineering, construction and project management firm Bechtel to manage daily construction efforts at the Plant Vogtle expansion project. Bechtel will work under the direction of Southern Nuclear, the Southern Company subsidiary which operates the existing units at Plant Vogtle.
"We have seen a marked increase in productivity throughout this year, with the best improvement being the most recent improvement, and our experience provides every indication that we can do a better job than Westinghouse alone as we move forward to complete the project," said Paul Bowers, president, chairman and chief executive officer of Georgia Power. "Since Southern Nuclear assumed control of the site from Westinghouse at the end of July, momentum has accelerated with a consistent focus on safe, high-quality construction. We expect this trend to continue with Bechtel."
The new units at Plant Vogtle will be the first in the United States to use Westinghouse AP1000 technology, one of the most advanced and safest nuclear designs in the world. Westinghouse remains on-site providing engineering, procurement and licensing support, as well as access to intellectual property needed for the project.
The construction of the new Vogtle units is driving thousands of American jobs and will create nearly 800 new nuclear careers once operational, including careers for many veterans of the armed services. More than 6,000 workers from across the country remain on-site today working to complete the nation's first new nuclear units in 30 years.
Recent milestones include:
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Probably a smart move!
Definitely a smart move. I'd pitch in if I could, but from my position in society, I'll just cheer on from the sidelines. Pretty cool though, would like to work there.
I know this is a good thing for this project!