By Editors of Power Engineering
Southern Company announced this week that Unit 1 of its Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant has begun a planned refueling and maintenance outage. In addition to refueling the reactor and performing regular maintenance, workers will upgrade plant systems and components to enhance efficiency and reliability.
The planned outage was actually preempted by an automatic shutdown caused by a malfunction of a main steam isolation valve. The system remained stable and workers proceeded with the outage.
Each unit at Plant Farley requires new fuel every 18 months. The last refueling took place in spring 2015.
Unit 2 at the plant will continue to generate power while Unit 1 is offline.