Unit 1 of Vogtle nuclear power plant removed from service for refueling

Plant operators took Unit 1 of the two-unit, 2,430 MW Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant offline Sept. 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.

Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), said its employees from across nuclear fleet are assisting Vogtle's staff of more than 900 in the refueling effort. Hundreds of additional workers from Westinghouse, General Electric (NYSE: GE), Williams and other partners are also on site performing specialized tasks.

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