UPDATE | State leaders looking at options for Plant Vogtle

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Progress being made on two new units at Plant Vogtle, which were supposed to be completed by 2016 or 2017. (WRDW-TV / Nov. 15, 2011)

BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- State leaders looking at options for Plant Vogtle, including help from the federal government while Georgia Power and Westinghouse work towards an agreement for the future of Plant Vogtle.

On April 28, Georgia Power and Westinghouse agreed to extend their assessment period until May 12, 2017, allowing workers to keep their jobs for the time being.

In the mean time, a lot of talks are underway. Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commissioner tweeted out on Sunday they could be looking at the federal government for help.


He also said they could be looking at a cost of 100 million dollars to run a gas line to Plant Vogtle.



April 28, 2017

BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Georgia Power announced late Friday night that they have extended an agreement with Westinghouse that will allow work to continue at Plant Vogtle at least through May 12. Then, they will re-evaluate.

They've been in talks with Westinghouse, the company building the two nuclear reactors, since they declared bankruptcy back in March.

Friday marked the end of the initial 30 day assessment period since Westinghouse declared bankruptcy. Westinghouse basically agreed to keep everything status quo during this time while they worked with Georgia Power to reach an agreement. Now, that assessment period has been extended to May 12.

During this time, the parties will continue to work on finalizing a new service agreement.

The construction of units three and four represent the first nuclear construction in the nation in decades. Those units were originally supposed to be on line by now generating electricity. The construction is years behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget.