Southern Company announced another milestone for it nuclear plant construction. “The final module for Georgia Power’s Vogtle Unit 3, a massive water tank, has been placed atop the containment vessel and shield building roof at the company’s Vogtle 3 & 4 nuclear expansion project near Waynesboro, Georgia.”

This module is part of a passive water safety system in the plant design. That means that it does not rely on pumps but gravity or compressed gas to use the water if necessary.

The company noted:

  • Once operating, the two new units at Plant Vogtle can power more than 500,000 homes and businesses.
  • The units have an expected life of 60 to 80 years – roughly 2081 to 2101.
  • The units are part of a diverse fuel mix for the region.
  • Anticipated in-service dates – November 2021 for Unit 3; November 2022 for Unit 4.

Each unit has an output of 1,110 megawatts according to Westinghouse.

ECC has written about nuclear energy in the past, noting the benefits of carbon-free electricity in a world that desperately needs it. Ample power, too, in a world that turns increasingly to devices running on electricity for our health, safety, and convenience.

As industries look to locate new business in areas where reliable carbon-free power is available, ECC believes that a diverse and reliable power generation base enhances economic development. It is about not one kind of energy, but a suite of smart energy choices from carbon-free energy, efficient transmission and distribution, smart homes, and conservation that are needed.

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Georgia Power has a neat showcase of the construction here.

Previous ECC blogs that noted nuclear energy:

What’s Ahead for Nuclear? May 13, 2020

Clean Energy for Florida until 2053 December 10, 2019

Duke Energy to Re-license Nuclear Plants September 26, 2019

Carolina Carbon-free Nuclear Energy is a Benchmark June 27, 2019

Nuclear Energy and the Future May 27, 2019