Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), on Oct. 18 returned Unit 1 of the two-unit, 2,430 MW Alvin M. Vogtle Nuclear Plant near Waynesboro, Ga., to service following completion of a planned refueling and maintenance outage.
Each unit at Plant Vogtle requires new fuel every 18 months. In addition to refueling the reactor and performing regular maintenance and testing, workers made upgrades to plant systems and components. Among the upgrades completed during the fall outage was the installation of a digital feed water system that replaced analog technology original to the plant.
Employees from across the Southern Nuclear fleet assisted Vogtle's team of more than 900 in the refueling effort. More than 1,000 additional employees from Williams, Westinghouse, General Electric (NYSE: GE) and other partners performed specialized tasks.
Vogtle unit 2 continued to generate electricity while unit 1 was offline.
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