ATLANTA, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power announced today the completion of another major milestone in the construction of Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 near Waynesboro, Ga. On Monday, the project team successfully placed the 180,000-pound CA05 module into the Unit 3 nuclear island. The CA05 structural module is housed within the Unit 3 containment building and is comprised of reinforced steel plates that will be filled with concrete to provide structural support for the containment building. In addition to providing structural support, the protective walls of CA05 will also separate various rooms in containment.
The Vogtle 3 and 4 project continues to progress well, marking milestones and meeting challenges associated with building the first new nuclear units in 30 years. This year has been busy at the site with other major milestones achieved including the placement of the 920,000-pound CR10 module (or cradle) into the Unit 4 nuclear island in February, placement of the 2.2 million-pound CA20 module for Unit 3 in March, and the successful setting of the 1.8 million-pound containment vessel bottom head (CVBH) in Unit 4 in May.
Most recently, the project team placed the 1.9 million-pound lower ring on top of the Unit 3 CVBH. Measuring more than 50 feet tall, the lower ring was one of the largest lifts of the project.
The expansion at Plant Vogtle is part of Georgia Power's long-term, strategic vision for providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy for Georgians over the next 60 years. It is the largest job-producing project in the state, employing more than 5,000 workers at the site currently and expected to create 800 nuclear careers when the plant enters service.
Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is overseeing construction and will operate the two new 1,100-megawatt AP1000 units for Georgia Power and co-owners Oglethorpe Power Corporation, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities. Georgia Power owns 45.7 percent of the new units.
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Certain information contained in this release is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning job creation. Georgia Power Company cautions that there are certain factors that can cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Georgia Power Company; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Georgia Power Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: ability to control costs and avoid cost overruns during the development and construction of facilities; ability to construct facilities in accordance with the requirements of permits and licenses, to satisfy any operational and environmental performance standards, and to integrate the Plant Vogtle expansion into the Southern Company system upon completion of construction; regulatory approvals and actions related to the Plant Vogtle expansion; the inherent risks involved in operating and constructing nuclear generating facilities; the direct or indirect effect on Georgia Power Company's business resulting from terrorist incidents and the threat of terrorist incidents, including cyber intrusion; and catastrophic events such as fires, earthquakes, explosions, floods, hurricanes, droughts, pandemic health events such as influenzas, or other similar occurrences. Georgia Power Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information.
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