State construction monitors are skeptical that builders of the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion can overcome a daunting labor shortage and meet Georgia Power’s accelerated project schedule. In testimony submitted June 6 to the Georgia Public Service Commission, the monitors stated that general contractor Bechtel will need a “significant increase in production” to meet the owner’s accelerated schedule that anticipates completion of Units 3 and 4 by April 2021 and April 2022, respectively. Noting that “the number of craft on site will need to be increased significantly” to meet the accelerated schedule, the monitors estimated Bechtel would need to hire roughly 400 more electricians and 700 more pipefitters to meet production goals.