Contractors building a new nuclear plant in eastern Georgia have indicated the first of its two reactors may not begin operating until 2017.
Southern Co. Vice President David McKinney said Tuesday that contractors building the new reactors at Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl) have indicated it may take until early to mid-2017 to get the first reactor operating. The second reactor would follow about a year later.
McKinney said Southern Co. does not accept those dates and believes its contractors can still speed up the schedule. The utility originally wanted the first reactor to start producing power in April 2016.
The utility and its contractors have sued each other over project costs. Both sides are still working on an updated timeline.
Construction delays could increase project costs.
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