Significant progress continued the week of Dec. 18 at the Vogtle nuclear expansion site near Waynesboro, Ga., with the placement of nearly 1,300 cu. yds. of concrete inside the Unit 4 containment vessel. The continuous placement lasted 21 hours and involved more than 100 workers and more than 120 truckloads of concrete.
The placement occurred in three main locations: inside the reactor vessel cavity, in the refueling area and on the east side of the containment vessel. This milestone supports the placement of the reactor vessel early next year and advances progress on the east side of containment.
In 2017, more than 57,000 cu. yds. of concrete have been placed for the Vogtle project, bringing the project's total to approximately 545,000 cu. yds., enough concrete to build a sidewalk from Miami to Seattle.
The new units at Plant Vogtle (co-owned by Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities) are the only new nuclear units currently under construction in the United States and, once complete, will generate enough electricity to power approximately 500,000 homes and businesses.
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