Vogtle Unit 3 commercial operation delayed again after so many delays before!

Southern Company said in its annual report filing issued on Feb. 16 that remediating certain equipment and component issues will force the projected in-service date for Plant Vogtle Unit 3 to be pushed out to May or June 2023.

“The projected schedule for Unit 3 primarily depends on the progression of final component and pre-operational testing and start-up, which may be impacted by further equipment, component, and/or other operational challenges,” the company said. The most-recent problems were identified by Southern Nuclear earlier this year during start-up and pre-operational testing for Unit 3.


The owners’ updated cost estimate does not include the $3.68 billion that original contractor Westinghouse paid to the project’s owners after Westinghouse declared bankruptcy, putting total spending for the expansion in the range of $34 billion.