While a company spokesperson said Wednesday that the issues found so far during testing “are not unexpected,” officials testified that they need to extend testing about three weeks longer than initially planned.
In a late April call with analysts, Southern CEO Tom Fanning had cautioned that there could be delays. But he also said, “I think we have resolved the delays, and we think we have a clearer path.”
The project is expected to provide more carbon-free energy for decades to come. The second of the new reactors is currently slated to be in operation in November 2022.