SNC, or Southern Nuclear, is part of Southern Company, based in Atlanta, as if Power of Georgia.
Despite the many deletions Georgia Power has requested as trade secrets, written testimony filed with the PSC still describes a host of recent quality control, manufacturing and component issues. Until recently, the company said it would have its first new reactor providing electricity to homes and businesses in Georgia no later than November.
The second new reactor is expected to be fully operational by November 2022 at the latest. But in the latest testimony, Grace said the second reactor is unlikely to be in commercial service until at least June 2023.
Company officials last month warned regulators that an ongoing series of tests on the first of the two new reactors revealed problems and, as a result, the project would not be completed until the first three months of next year.
Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said on Tuesday the company was on schedule, while suggesting there was a chance it could be done even sooner. He said the company still aims to complete the second reactor by November 2022.
“Further construction remediation” was needed before the ongoing tests, Kraft wrote. And “as anyone would expect during a heavy test activity, the site has addressed many startup and operational issues, including improvements to control system logic and machine chemistry. factory. The types of issues we address in testing are not unexpected and relate more to operating systems as well as temperature for the first time. “
As to the possibility of costs rising another $ 2 billion, Kraft wrote that the company presented cost estimates “using its best judgment” while “continually emphasizing that risks remain on the project and that it the cost estimate may increase in the future. “
Most of Georgia’s electricity co-ops and utilities are financially tied to the project, which aims to provide more carbon-free energy for decades.
“It’s déjà vu again,” said Kurt Ebersbach, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, which represents some organizations opposed to clients paying for Vogtle’s overruns.
While instructors and staff generally offer a competing view of that of the business, “staff have always proven themselves over the years,” he said.
“The most expensive construction project in Georgia’s history keeps getting more and more expensive, and the only people benefiting from this sad situation are the shareholders of the company,” said Ebersbach.
The first new reactor was initially scheduled to be operational in spring 2016, followed by a second new reactor a year later. But the project encountered many problems, pushing costs above what the company initially asked regulators to expect.
Although Vogtle’s new units have yet to generate electricity, Georgia Power’s customer bills have for years included funding. the costs and benefits of the state’s largest electricity monopoly project, an allocation approved by the state legislature.
By the time construction is complete, the average Georgia Power residential customer will have paid $ 854 for the Vogtle expansion, according to a PSC staff and monitor report filed this week. Second, customers are expected to pay more as construction costs are factored into their bills.