(This is a breaking news story.  This post will be updated as information is available; scroll down for the latest updates and additions.)
by Will Davis
Today, Georgia Power announced that it will file with the Georgia Public Service Commission its recommendation to complete construction of the two AP1000 units that constitute the Plant Vogtle expansion. Today was the filing deadline for the utility to present a schedule and cost-to-complete for the units, and a go / no-go decision was expected today.
Georgia Power Announces Ahead of PSC Meeting
In an early morning press release, Georgia Power announced its decision to continue the project (which will now be subject to a six month review by the Georgia PSC) and added that the project’s co-owners (Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities) are in agreement with the decision.
In the same release it was announced that construction management for the project will be taken over by Bechtel Corporation, who will work for Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company; Southern Company is Georgia Power’s parent company.  Southern Nuclear has effectively taken over as prime or lead contractor for the project. Westinghouse, formerly the prime contractor, has long been expected to step back (under bankruptcy) to being a technology/equipment provider.
Update (10:10 AM Eastern Time) – No further information emerged during the Georgia PSC’s brief Energy Committee meeting this morning, which briefly handled about five other, unrelated docket items.
Westinghouse Applauds Georgia Power’s Decision
Westinghouse President and CEO Jose Gutierrez was quoted in an official release as saying “We are very pleased with Georgia Power’s decision to recommend the continued construction of Vogtle 3 and 4, and are honored to have the opportunity to move forward with our customers.”  He also said “Georgia Power’s continued confidence in the AP1000 plant technology strengthens their energy offerings and nuclear energy’s role in

View Entire Article on ANSNuclearCafe.org