Work on the $14 billion expansion of the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia is encountering challenges as developers contend with complex design requirements, rising project costs and schedule delays. A recent review of the project showed that approval would not have been given "if a decision had to be made today to build a new nuclear project," said Philip Hayet, a Georgia Public Service Commission analyst. However, "it would be less expensive to finish Vogtle than to shut down the project and replace it with a natural-gas-powered plant," Hayet said.

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