Following the bankruptcy of Westinghouse Electric Corporation in March, the future of Augusta’s Plant Vogtle was thrown into question. This week though Georgia Power has reached a new service agreement which should allow construction to continue unimpeded.
Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company, will now assume control of primary contracting responsibilities, including day to day construction. They will work with Westinghouse to make sure there is no lapse in licensing, procurement, or engineering, of which there is quite a lot when building nuclear reactors.
Said Mark Raukhorst, executive vice president for the project, “We are already in the midst of a seamless transition for the thousands of workers across the site, allowing us to sustain the progress we are making every day on both units. We remain focused on safety and quality as we complete this transition.”
Georgia Power continues to re-work a full schedule and cost analysis of the project following the Westinghouse bankruptcy, which they will show the Georgia Public Service Commission when complete as they determine the best way forward.