1.8 million-pound containment vessel bottom head placed at Vogtle Unit 4

   1.8 million-pound containment vessel bottom head placed at Vogtle Unit 4

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, May 9, 2014

ATLANTA, May 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power announced today the
completion of the latest major milestone in the construction of Plant Vogtle
units 3 and 4 near Waynesboro, Ga. On Thursday, the project team successfully
placed the Unit 4 containment vessel bottom head (CVBH) into that unit's
nuclear island. The CVBH weighs more than 1.8 million pounds, or 900 tons, and
is nearly 38 feet tall and 130 feet wide. The component consists of dozens of
individual steel plates and was fabricated on site by CB&I, the project's
contractor.

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The CVBH was lifted into place using a 560-foot tall heavy lift derrick, one
of the largest cranes in the world, and took approximately four hours. The
placement of this component is the latest illustration of the continued
progress of the construction of the two new nuclear units which use
state-of-the-art AP1000 technology and are among the first nuclear units to be
built the United States in 30 years. Once the new units come online, Plant
Vogtle will be the only four-unit nuclear facility in the country. 

Since the beginning of 2014, the project has marked several other major
milestones including placement of the 460-ton CR10 module (or cradle) into the
Unit 4 nuclear island in February and the 2.2 million-pound CA20 module for
Unit 3 in March. The CR10 module, which resembles a concave bowl with a hollow
center, is the structure upon which the CVBH rests.

Increased efficiency is being achieved throughout Unit 4 construction and can
be attributed to the successful implementation of lessons learned from
previous construction on Unit 3. Additionally, the initiation of the
Operations Control Center (OCC), an on-site facility staffed 24 hours a day,
is providing a central point for reporting, analysis and resolution of project
challenges. The meeting of major Unit 4 milestones such as placement of
basemat rebar, basemat concrete, and the CR10 module are direct results of
both the OCC and implementation of lessons learned.

The Vogtle 3 and 4 expansion is part of Georgia Power's long-term, strategic
plan for providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy for Georgians
over the next 60 years. The expansion is the largest job-producing project in
the state, employing approximately 5,000 people during peak construction and
creating 800 permanent jobs when the plant begins operating. Construction of
both units is progressing well with commercial operation dates remaining
fourth quarter of 2017 for Unit 3 and fourth quarter of 2018 for Unit 4. Once
the units enter service, fuel efficiencies from nuclear generation combined
with ongoing customer benefits such as the recently finalized federal loan
guarantees, are expected to put downward pressure on customer rates –
cementing the project's status as the most economic choice for meeting
Georgia's future energy needs.

Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is overseeing construction
and will operate the two new 1,100-megawatt AP1000 units for Georgia Power and
co-owners Oglethorpe Power Corporation, the Municipal Electric Authority of
Georgia and Dalton Utilities. Georgia Power owns 45.7 percent of the new
units.

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of
the nation's largest generators of electricity. Value, Reliability, Customer
Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.4
million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to
delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the
national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix
that includes nuclear, advanced coal and natural gas, as well as renewables
such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Consistently recognized as a leader in
customer service, Georgia Power was recently ranked highest in overall
business customer satisfaction among large utilities in the South by J.D.
Power and Associates. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and
connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower) and Twitter
(Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower).

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain information contained in this release is forward-looking information
based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties.
Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements
concerning completion of construction, benefits of ongoing construction
projects and job creation. Georgia Power Company cautions that there are
certain factors that can cause actual results to differ materially from the
forward-looking information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned
not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a
guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties
and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Georgia Power
Company; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results
will be realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in
Georgia Power Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December
31, 2013, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to
differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such
forward-looking information: the impact of recent and future federal and
state regulatory changes, as well as changes in application of existing laws
and regulations; ability to control costs and avoid cost overruns during the
development and construction of the Plant Vogtle expansion, to construct
facilities in accordance with the requirements of permits and licenses, to
satisfy any operational and environmental performance standards, and to
integrate the Plant Vogtle expansion upon completion of construction;
regulatory approvals and actions related to the Plant Vogtle expansion,
including Georgia Public Service Commission approvals and Nuclear Regulatory
Commission actions; the inherent risks involved in operating and constructing
nuclear generating facilities, including environmental, health, regulatory,
natural disaster, terrorism, and financial risks; and the ability of
counterparties of Georgia Power Company to make payments as and when due and
to perform as required. Georgia Power Company expressly disclaims any
obligation to update any forward-looking information.

1.8 million-pound containment vessel bottom head placed at Vogtle Unit 4 May
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