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First fuel load could happen by end of year, says Georgia Power The Vogtle-3 and -4 nuclear site in the US state of Georgia. Photo courtesy Georgia Power. The structural integrity and integrated leak rate tests have been completed at the Vigtle-3 nuclear power plant under construction in the US state of Georgia, demonstrating that the containment vessel meets construction quality and design requirements.

The containment vessel serves as a barrier to protect the public and surrounding communities by containing material produced inside the reactor vessel in the unlikely event of an emergency.

The structural integrity test called for the vessel to be pressurised for the first time and then closely monitored. While pressurised, each accessible weld seam on the containment vessel was inspected by specially trained inspectors.

The integrated leak rate test examined individual component and integrated systems to verify that the containment vessel and its isolation valves, piping and electrical penetrations, and hatches properly performed their intended safety functions. The integrated leak rate test will be performed periodically during the lifetime of the plant.

Date: Wednesday, 15 July 2020
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Georgia Power has announced a resequencing of certain planned activities at units 3 and 4 of the US Vogtle nuclear power plant.

Date: Friday, 26 June 2020
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A US district judge has ruled that the power purchase agreement (PPA) signed in 2008 between JEA and Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power) for electricity from the AP1000 units under construction at the Vogtle site in Georgia is "valid and enforceable". JEA, together with the City of Jacksonville, Florida, launched a series of legal and regulatory cases in 2018 in an attempt to have the agreement invalidated.

Date: Saturday, 20 June 2020
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The final module for unit 3 of Georgia Power's Vogtle nuclear power plant, a massive water tank, has been placed atop the containment vessel and shield building roof.

Date: Friday, 29 May 2020
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The final module - a 750,000 gallon (2.8 million litre) water tank - has been installed at Georgia Power's Vogtle Unit 3. The CB-20 module is a major part of the AP1000 reactor's advanced passive safety system.

Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2020
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Massive water tank is part of AP1000’s safety system The massive water tank is part of the AP1000 reactor’s advanced passive safety system, Photo courtesy Georgia Power. The final module, a massive water tank that is part of the AP1000 reactor’s safety system, has been placed atop the containment vessel and shield building roof at for Georgia Power’s Vogtle-3 nuclear project in the US state of Georgia, the company said.

The installation represents the final module placement for Unit 3, marking another significant milestone for the project.

The module, known as CB-20, is a major part of the AP1000 reactor’s advanced passive safety system. Standing more than 10 metres tall and weighing more than 325,000 kg, the component will hold more than three million litres of water ready to flow down in the unlikely event of an emergency to help cool the reactor.

The water can also be directed into the used fuel pool, while the tank itself can be refilled from water stored elsewhere on site.

Date: Tuesday, 26 May 2020
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The integrated head package (IHP) for Vogtle Unit 3 has been set into place on top of the reactor vessel, Georgia Power has announced. This follows the recent completion of open vessel testing for the AP1000 unit, which is one of two under construction at the site near Wayensboro, Georgia.

Date: Friday, 15 May 2020
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India should aim to at least double the present proportion of electricity generated by nuclear power plants by 2030, but should for the time being adopt "home-grown" 700 MWe heavy water reactors for its nuclear expansion programme, a parliamentary committee has recommended.

Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2020
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Southern Company remains confident of meeting the regulatory-approved in-service date of November 2021 for unit 3 of the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia, CEO Tom Fanning said during a presentation of its 2019 results. He noted the AP1000 unit could even be brought online as early as May next year, with unit 4 following a year later.

Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
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Owner says 'important' construction step allows for the installation of fuel loading machinery The Vogtle-3 and -4 AP1000 units under construction in Burke County, near Waynesboro, Georgia. Photo taken in February 2020. Courtesy Georgia Power. US-based Georgia Power announced that workers have completed the final concrete placement inside the containment building which houses the Vogtle-3 reactor unit, under construction in Georgia.

The company said the operation is an “important step” that allows for the installation of machinery to be used for loading fuel into the reactor core.

Georgia Power said it has already ordered the first batch of nuclear fuel for Vogtle-3, but did not give a delivery timeframe.

According to the company, the final concrete placement for the other unit at the site, Vogtle-4, has been scheduled in the next months.

Date: Thursday, 13 February 2020
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