Job-site Luncheon Celebrates GPC Project
On Thursday, March 23, several Irby corporate employees visited the Thomson-Vogtle 500kV Transmission Line job site to host lunch with crewmembers and Georgia Power employees to celebrate the project in Wrens, GA.
Irby Construction was awarded construction of the greenfield 47.08 mile, 500kV transmission line for Georgia Power in 2015. This project is located just south of Augusta, GA, and is scheduled to be complete this June. The line will carry 3-bundled 1113 45/7 ACSR (Bluejay) conductor and utilize 2-7#8 AW shieldwire.
The Thomson-Vogtle 500kV transmission line is being erected to add transmission infrastructure to support two new nuclear units. The total line route is 55 miles long. It begins at Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro, GA and ends at the Thomson Primary substation in Thomson, GA. Georgia Power constructed the first eight miles. The transmission line will be in service by 2018.
Irby Construction is pleased to have collaborated with Georgia Power on a project that will have such a significant impact on its capacity to serve customers. The 500kV line that is nearly complete is imperative for the success of the two nuclear units scheduled to come on line in the near future.
The nuclear unit 3 is scheduled to come on line in 2019 and unit 4 in the following year, making both units operational by 2020. Each unit will produce 1,100 MW of electricity for a total increase of 2,200 MW and will serve 800-1,000 households. The power produced with the addition of these units will allow Plant Vogtle to produce enough power to serve a total of 1.4 million homes.
While on site, Irby Construction Executive Vice President Rick Shouse, Vice President of Operations Doug Blake, and Director of Operations Shannon Berry congratulated Irby and Georgia Power crewmembers for the hard work and dedication they have applied to this project.