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Plant Vogtle’s 2 new reactors delayed again as costs mount

Plant Vogtle Units 1 and 2 (rear) and 3 and 4 (fore) in June 2021.
Plant Vogtle Units 1 and 2 (rear) and 3 and 4 (fore) in June 2021.(WRDW)
Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 8:56 AM EDT
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WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Power Co. is pushing back the startup date for its two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. says it’s still redoing sloppy construction work and that contractors still aren’t meeting deadlines.

The third reactor at Plant Vogtle now isn’t projected to start generating electricity until between July and September of next year.

Previously the company said it would start in June at the latest.

The delay means more costs for a project already estimated to exceed $27.8 billion.

Southern said Thursday that it would release a new estimate of Vogtle’s costs next week.

The amount could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Units 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle have been under construction in recent years. Units 1 and 2 have been in operation for decades.

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