In April 2008,Westinghouse and its consortium partner, The Shaw Group, signed an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, to provide two AP1000 nuclear power plants at the Alvin W. Vogtle site.
The new-plant project at the Vogtle site is located outside of Augusta, Georgia, in an area known as the Central Savannah River Area, which is comprised of counties in both Georgia and South Carolina. Below is information about the counties comprising the Central Savannah River Area.
Aiken County, South Carolina
Aiken County is full of charming, beautiful towns with several historical attractions. Residents and visitors can participate in numerous activities available within the county, such as equestrian sports, hiking, fishing, and year-round recreational sports. Visit the Aiken County Chamber of Commerce website for more information.
Burke County, Georgia
Burke County, Georgia, provides a great mix of city convenience with country charm. The area provides many opportunities for outdoorsmen, including hunting and fishing. Many institutes of higher education can be found in Burke County, including Georgia Southern University, Augusta State University, East Georgia College, Paine College, Georgia Military College and Augusta Technical College. Visit the Burke County Chamber of Commerce website for more information.
Columbia County, Georgia
Rapid population growth has transformed Columbia County from a rural area to a key suburban county. Columbia County provides many resources for outdoor enthusiasts, including cycling and hiking trails, Mistletoe State Park and several acres of Clark Hill Lake, which is one of the largest inland bodies of water in the southern U.S. and a popular bass fishing destination. Columbia County is predominately residential and includes a growing job market. Visit the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce website for more information.
McDuffie County, Georgia
McDuffie County is located between Augusta and Atlanta in east-central Georgia. This historic area offers family friendly communities and abundant, natural surroundings that make a variety of recreational activities ideal, including hiking, fishing, camping, golfing, hunting and boating. The county is also home to Clarks Hill Lake, which is one of largest inland bodies of water in the southern U.S. Visit the McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce website for more information.
Richmond County, Georgia
Richard County, located in the east-central section of the state is approximately 150 miles east of Atlanta and is home to Augusta, the second largest and oldest city in Georgia. Richmond County offers many outdoor and recreational activities, in addition to historic and cultural attractions. Visit the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce website for more information.