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Oglethorpe Update. Vogtle 3 & 4 Update. Construction Activities. Unit 3 Nuclear Island (NI) Basemat rebar began February 13 A portion of the rebar work was suspended in April to resolve certain differences between construction drawings and the approved design (DCD)

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Oglethorpe Update


Vogtle 3 & 4 Update


Construction Activities

  • Unit 3 Nuclear Island (NI) Basemat rebar began February 13

    • A portion of the rebar work was suspended in April to resolve certain differences between construction drawings and the approved design (DCD)

    • Currently working through corrective action options

  • Work is proceeding with Unit 3 NI Basemat embedded piping and supports

  • Unit 3 Turbine Building foundations in progress

  • Work continues on

    • Unit 3 Containment Vessel Bottom Head (CVBH) and 1st ring

    • Unit 4 CVBH

    • Various sub-modules

    • Assembly of Heavy Lift Derrick

    • Unit 3 & 4 cooling tower foundations

    • River water intake structure


Other Site Activities

  • Major equipment deliveries

    • Unit 3 condenser components

    • Unit 3 feedwater heaters

    • Unit 3 and 4 Containment Vessel plates

  • Operations Readiness

    • Operator Training program granted initial certification by INPO in March

      • Enables reactor operator candidates to apply for NRC licenses

    • As planned, a total of 93 Licensed Operator candidates currently in training program


Site Construction

Embedded Items Installation for Unit 3 Nuclear Island Basemat


Site Construction

Unit 3 Turbine Building Foundation Concrete Pour


Site Construction

Heavy Lift Derrick


Sub-Module Assembly in MAB

Upenderwith CA20-01 at full height

Upenderlifting CA20-01

CA20-02 on upender ready to be lifted in place

CA20-01 set in place


Site Construction

Unit 3 & 4 Containment Vessel Work


Site Construction

Cooling Tower Foundations


Site Construction

River Water Intake Construction


Murray Energy Facility Update


Murray Energy Facility


Murray Update

Murray 1 SSD Project

  • GPC PPA on M1 ended on May 31st

  • Targeting July 1 for transition to GSOC Balancing Authority and Single System Dispatch (SSD) integration

  • OPC Board approved transition on May 14th

    Murray O&M Transition

  • DEGS Agreement terminated on May 31st

  • 28 DEGS associates transferred to Oglethorpe Power Corporation


Murray 1 and 2 YTD

  • 2012 Murray 1 Seasonal Availability Percentage for GPC PPA

    • Current Winter Period (10/1/11 – 5/31/12)

      • 99.06% through 4/30/2012

  • Murray 2 Energy Margins:

    • Year to Date (1/1/12 – 4/30/12): $1.36 million


Member Revenue Summary

Financial Results

YTD Through March 2012

Capacity Factors


Scherer Press Coverage Update


Plant Scherer: Recent Media Attention

Plant Scherer ash pond worries neighbors as Georgia Power buys, levels homes

By S. HEATHER DUNCAN — hduncan@macon.com (The Telegraph)

Posted: 9:32pm on Apr 14, 2012; Modified: 6:36am on April 15, 2012   

Plant Scherer Under Review

By Jeanne Bonner (Georgia Public Broadcasting News)

  • Mon., April 9, 2012 5:10pm (EDT) ATLANTA —

Regulation of coal ash ponds like Plant Scherer’s is minimal

By S. HEATHER DUNCAN — hduncan@macon.com (The Telegraph)

Posted: 9:47pm on Apr 15, 2012; Modified: 6:34am on April 16, 2012   

  • A power plant, cancer and a small town's fears

  • By John Sepulvado, CNN Radio

  • updated 9:12 AM, Sun April 1, 2012

  • Posted on CNN.com

CNN story hot air? State, Ga. Power react

BY WILL DAVIS (Monroe County Reporter)

Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 8:06 PM CDT


Plant Scherer: Recent Media Attention

  • Background

    • February 17, 2012 (Friday): John Sepulvado, CNN interviewed a GPC media relations representative

    • Updated Article was posted to CNN.com on 4/1/2012

  • CNN Article: A Power Plant, Cancer and a Small Town's Fears

    • Residents near Plant Scherer reporting a host of illnesses including cancer

    • Belief among a number of the residents that Plant Scherer is the cause

    • Uranium is implicated as a potential culprit

  • Other stakeholders to the table

    • The Sierra Club, The Environmental Integrity Project

    • US EPA, GA EPD, USGS, UGA


Plant Scherer: Recent Media Attention

  • Implications from the news articles

    • There is a exceptionally high incidence of cancers and other illnesses in the area surrounding Plant Scherer.

      • There is no credible evidence supporting this assertion.

      • The Ga. Department of Public Health has initiated a scoping study to determine if additional investigation is necessary.

  • GPC is initiating the purchase of properties, demolishing the buildings, and sealing wells because it has something to hide.

    • GPC has stated it only makes offers on a case by case basis to individuals that have already put their properties up for sale.

    • Nearby properties are purchased as additional buffer and to provide space for expansion.

    • Structures on purchased properties with no potential use are demolished to avoid liability.

    • There is a Georgia regulatory requirement stating that abandoned or intended to be abandoned wells be sealed.


Plant Scherer: Recent Media Attention

  • Implications from the news articles (cont.)

    • The Plant Scherer coal ash pond is the source of potential well water contamination

      • No previous tests have indicated a contamination problem.

      • Testing performed in April 2012 of four (4) Plant Scherer drinking water wells indicate no constituents which exceed EPA safe drinking water limits.

  • Some residents have reported high levels of uranium in their drinking water wells

    • The April 2012 test also included a test for uranium no onsite samples showed a detectable indication.

    • According to a news article, the Sierra Club helped arrange tests by the UGA School of Ecology on a dozen residential well samples near Plant Scherer and the preliminary results show few problems in the groundwater.


Plant Scherer: Recent Media Attention

  • Implications from the news articles (cont.)

    • Dust from the Plant Scherer coal ash pond is making the nearby residents sick

      • There is no credible evidence supporting this to be the situation at Plant Scherer


Plant Scherer: Recent Media Attention

  • What others are saying…

    • United States Environmental Protection Agency

      • Quoted as saying, “…they believed the contamination (uranium) to come from underneath a layer of granite 70 miles away near Atlanta.”

    • Georgia Environmental Protection Division (Jim Harden)

      • Quoted as saying, “…speculation is premature.” and “it (uranium) has always been determined to be naturally occurring in the earth.”

    • United States Geological Survey

      • USGS has researched the elements in coal ash and fly ash and has determined they do not register at levels that affect human health.

    • University of Georgia

      • UGA has previously documented naturally occurring uranium in drinking water wells in some parts of Monroe county, originating from granite bedrock


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