Plant operators safely took unit 2 of the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant offline early Sunday morning, April 14 for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. Unit 2 completed 515 days of continuous operation since its last refueling outage in the fall of 2011.
Each unit at Plant Farley 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.
"The key to a safe and successful outage is our outstanding employees and supporting partners," said Site Vice President Tom Lynch. "Safety is our number one focus and priority during the outage. I am proud of the preparations we have made and our entire team is ready to accomplish this refueling outage safely using our expertise and teamwork."
Employees from across the Southern Nuclear (NYSE: SO) fleet are assisting Farley's staff of more than 900 in the refueling effort. More than 800 additional workers from Westinghouse, General Electric, Williams and other partners are on site performing specialized tasks. This supplemental workforce provides economic stimulus to surrounding communities during the planning stages and throughout the outage.
Farley unit 1 will continue to safely generate electricity while unit 2 is offline and refueling.