New suppliers for Georgia nuclear power plant

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Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Burke County, Georgia. (File / WRDW-TV)
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- New suppliers will be making parts for a nuclear power plant under construction in Georgia, a development that comes after a big supplier struggled to deliver high-quality parts on time.

A monitor for the state, William Jacobs Jr., said Tuesday he learned this spring that two new vendors, Oregon Iron Works and SMCI, will provide parts for the nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

A factory in Lake Charles, Louisiana, was originally tasked with producing many of the modules for the project. However, it struggled to produce the parts as they were designed while meeting strict quality control rules.

The first of the two new reactors is supposed to be ready in late 2017 or early 2018, but it may be delayed further.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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