Hatch 1 temporarily offline to repair valve

Unit 1 of the Southern (NYSE:SO) Hatch nuclear plant in Georgia was taken offline during the past weekend so workers could repair a safety relief valve.

On Jan. 18 operators at the facility shut down Hatch 1 for planned maintenance to repair a safety relief valve, a Southern Nuclear spokesperson told GenerationHub on Jan. 20.

The unit had been listed at zero generation on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) daily reactor status report early Jan. 20.

“Maintenance is complete and employees are safely returning Unit 1 to service. Unit 2 is not affected,” the spokesperson said. “For competitive reasons, we cannot say when Unit 1 will complete its return to service,” the spokesperson added.

The Edwin I. Hatch nuclear station in Baxley, Ga., includes two boiling water reactors (BWRs). Each of the units has an operating capacity of almost 900 MW. The nuclear plant had a capacity factor in excess of 95% during 2012, according to GenerationHub records.

Hatch is held by an ownership group that includes Southern utility Georgia Power, along with Oglethorpe Power and Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power) and Dalton Utilities. It’s the same ownership group that’s developing Vogtle Units 3 and 4.

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