Georgia Power has told state regulators that it should keep building new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

That’s despite delays expected to nearly double the reactors’ ultimate price tag.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Atlanta utility told state regulators recently that its cost to finish the plant is about $4.5 billion, boosting its total to about $8.8 billion.

The company is the main partner in the project near Augusta.

It has said the two new reactors, less than half-finished, can be completed by November 2022 — about two years beyond previous estimates.

They were originally supposed to be done this year, eight years after work began.

The utility said finishing the project after a key contractor’s bankruptcy still makes more sense than other alternatives, including abandoning the project.

 

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