Construction is underway on two new nuclear operating units at Plant Vogtle, near Augusta, Ga. Building the two new nuclear units will help meet the needs of Georgia Power customers in 2019 and beyond. The two new units are scheduled to be in service in 2019 and 2020.
The Thomson-Vogtle 500 kV transmission line is being built to add the necessary transmission infrastructure to support the two new nuclear units. The line route is 55 miles long and begins at Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro, Ga. (Burke County) and ends at the Thomson Primary substation, southeast of Thomson, Ga. (McDuffie County). The route runs through Burke, Jefferson, Warren and McDuffie counties and existing transmission line corridors were utilized over approximately 13 miles of the line route.
The transmission line will be in service by 2018 to support the new Vogtle units, which will continue to provide our customers with reliable service for many years to come.
In selecting the line route, a location committee comprised of Georgia Power employees representing various functions in the company considered many factors including, but not limited to:
Across the state, Georgia Power owns a network of 18 generating plants and 19 hydro dams.