Plant Farley Unit 1 back online after refueling, maintenance

Birmingham, Ala., April 27, 2012 — Unit 1 of the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala., has resumed generating electricity after a scheduled, successful refueling and maintenance outage. The 25-day outage was completed safely and efficiently.

Plant Farley achieved commercial operation in 1977. The plant has two Westinghouse pressurized water nuclear reactors, both capable of generating 888 MW.

Electricity production resumed April 27 at 12:42 a.m. CT.

During this outage, regular refueling, maintenance and testing took place, and workers performed upgrades to the plant systems and components. Each unit at Plant Farley requires refueling every 18 months.

Also during the outage, Plant Farley’s Unit 2 continued to safely generate electricity.

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 in Alabama and Georgia 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.

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