On Saturday, Oct. 1, Unit 1 of the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant began a planned refueling and maintenance outage. In addition to refueling the reactor and performing regular maintenance and testing, workers will make upgrades to plant systems and components to enhance efficiency and reliability.
"The key to a safe and successful outage is our outstanding employees and supporting partners," said Site Vice President Cheryl Gayheart. "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."
Plant Farley's operators were making final preparations to begin the outage when the unit automatically shut down due to a malfunction of a main steam isolation valve. The safety system operated as designed, the plant was stable and the team established shut down conditions in support of the outage.
Each unit at Plant Farley requires new fuel every 18 months. The most recent refueling outage for Unit 1 was completed in the spring of 2015.
Employees from across the Southern Nuclear fleet are assisting Farley's staff of nearly 900 in the refueling effort. More than 800 additional alliance partners and vendors 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 2 continues to generate electricity while Unit 1 is offline and refueling.