August 31, 2017 / 1:13 PM / a year ago

Southern Co seeks approval to complete Georgia nuclear reactors

Aug 31 (Reuters) - Southern Co said on Thursday it was planning on completing two unfinished nuclear reactors in Georgia despite billions of dollars of cost overruns that pushed the main contractor, Westinghouse Electric Co LLC, into bankruptcy.

The project known as Plant Vogtle is the first new U.S. nuclear power plant since the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. Southern said it expected the two reactors to be completed by the end of 2022.

The decision by Southern Co's Georgia Power Co affiliate must be approved by the state's utility regulator, and Southern said in a regulatory filing a decision was expected by February.

Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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