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Friday, August 31, 2012 - 3:54am

Vogtle Spending Updated

Updated: 2 years ago.
Southern Co. is building two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta. The utility Friday disclosed its most recent costs to build a new nuclear plant in Georgia amid questions over whether the project can stay on budget. (Photo Courtesy of Southern Co.)

Southern Co. forecasts it will exceed its $6.1 billion budget while building a new nuclear plant in eastern Georgia.

The Atlanta-based utility said Friday that it now expects building two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta will cost roughly $6.2 billion, a slight increase. Those estimates are subject to change.

Vogtle is the first nuclear plant approved for construction in a generation. It's being watched closely to see if a power industry plagued by cost overruns in past decades can build a nuclear plant without busting budgets. Southern Co. said finishing the nuclear plant remains a better deal than other alternatives.

Georgia's Public Service Commission must approve all spending on the project before the utility can charge its customers for the work.

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