Birmingham, Ala., April 2, 2012 — Plant operators safely took Unit 1 of the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant offline on April 1 for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. The last refueling outage for Unit 1 was completed in fall 2010.
Each unit at Plant Farley nuclear plant requires refueling every 18 months. Aside from refueling the reactor and performing regular maintenance and testing, workers also will perform upgrades to the plant systems and components.
Plant Farley Unit 2 will continue to generate electricity while Unit 1 is offline and refueling. About 950 Southern Nuclear employees work at Plant Farley's two units.
Southern Nuclear, a unit of Southern Co., operates the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga., the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala. and the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga.