Birmingham, Ala., September 17, 2012 — Plant operators safely took unit 1 of the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant offline September 16 for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. The last refueling outage for unit 1 was completed in spring 2011.
Each unit at Plant Vogtle requires new fuel every 18 months. In addition to refueling the reactor and performing regular maintenance and testing, workers will make upgrades to plant systems and components.
Employees from across the Southern Nuclear fleet are assisting Vogtle's staff of more than 900 in the refueling effort. Hundreds of additional workers from Westinghouse, GE, Williams and other partners are on site performing specialized tasks. This supplemental workforce provides economic stimulus to surrounding communities during their stay in the area.
Vogtle unit 2 will continue to safely generate electricity while unit 1 is offline and refueling.
Southern Nuclear, a unit of Southern Co., is one of the nation's leading nuclear energy facility operators. Producing safe, reliable and environmentally friendly nuclear energy, Southern Nuclear operates a total of six units for Alabama Power and Georgia Power at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala.; the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga., and the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga.
Southern Nuclear is the licensee of two new nuclear units currently under construction at Plant Vogtle, which will be the first nuclear units constructed in the U.S. in more than 30 years. Southern Nuclear employs more than 3,500 skilled and dedicated professionals who are committed each day to nuclear and personal safety and the health and safety of the public.
With 4.4 million customers and more than 43,000 MW of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Co. is the premier energy company serving the Southeast. Southern Co. owns electric utilities in four states and a generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications.