A reorganization in bankruptcy court could allow Westinghouse to renegotiate contracts with Georgia Power, the largest owner of Plant Vogtle. A lengthy court-supervised reorganization could also complicate and delay Georgia Power’s efforts to complete the two reactors on the current timetable of late 2020.
A Westinghouse spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement: “We are not considering bankruptcy at this time.”
Executives at Georgia Power parent Southern Co. largely dismissed such worries earlier this week.
Southern executives told investors Wednesday that they considered a Toshiba bankruptcy unlikely and had financial guarantees and personnel in place to continue Vogtle construction, if necessary.
They said the company can claim roughly half of $920 million in financial guarantees Toshiba was required to obtain from banks as its financial condition slipped.
Southern CEO Tom Fanning said Georgia Power also has agreements in place and hundreds of people at the Vogtle site and at suppliers who could take over management of the construction project if needed. “We are primed and ready to go,” he said.