Georgia Power has ordered the first nuclear fuel load for Vogtle Unit 3, the first nuclear fuel order to be placed in more than 30 years for a newly-designed reactor in the U.S. The fuel order marks another significant milestone at the Vogtle nuclear expansion near Waynesboro, Georgia.
Consisting of 157 fuel assemblies with each measuring 14 feet tall, the fuel will eventually be loaded into the Unit 3 reactor vessel to support startup once the reactor begins operating. After this initial fueling, approximately one third of the total fuel assemblies will be replaced during each refueling outage after the units begin operating, similar to the process used at existing Vogtle units 1 and 2.
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