By Stephen Nakrosis
Georgia Energy Co. stated Wednesday vibrations related to some piping inside the cooling system throughout the start-up and pre-operational testing for Plant Vogtle Unit 3 nuclear facility have been recognized by Southern Nuclear Working Firm Inc.
Southern Nuclear is within the technique of remediating the difficulty, Georgia Energy stated.
Georgia Energy, a subsidiary of Southern Co., is at present constructing the Vogtle items 3 and 4, in Waynesboro, Ga. They would be the first new nuclear items constructed within the U.S. in over three a long time, Southern Co. stated.
“Southern Nuclear expects to file a license modification request with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Fee to assist expedite the remediation,” Georgia Energy stated. The corporate additionally stated it now initiatives preliminary criticality will happen in February, and that Unit 3 will likely be positioned in service throughout April.
Extending the in-service date for Unit 3 past the primary quarter of this 12 months “is estimated to end in extra base capital prices for Georgia Energy of as much as $15 million pretax per 30 days, in addition to the associated allowance for funds used throughout building and any extra associated building, help assets, or testing prices,” the corporate stated.
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