The only nuclear power plant construction project in the U.S. took another major step toward completion, the lead owner revealed this week. Workers at Georgia Power’s Vogtle plant have completed the final concrete placement inside Unit 3’s containment vessel (pictured), which houses the unit’s reactor. Georgia Power is leading work on the $25 billion effort to expand Vogtle with two new reactor units. Completing this milestone is an important step that allows for the installation of machinery that will be used to load fuel into the unit. Last year, the company announced it had ordered the first nuclear fuel load for Unit 3, the first nuclear fuel order to be placed in more than 30 years for a newly designed reactor in the U.S. Consisting of 157 fuel assemblies with each measuring 14 feet tall, the fuel will eventually be loaded into the Unit 3 reactor vessel to support startup once the reactor begins operating.
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