Unit 1 of the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant located near Dothan, Ala., has safely resumed generating electricity following completion of a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage, said Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) in a May 11 statement.
Plant operators took Unit 1 offline on March 28, and the refueling and maintenance outage ended on May 7 at approximately 1 a.m. CT. In addition to refueling and performing regular maintenance and testing, workers made upgrades to plant systems and components to enhance efficiency and reliability. The last refueling outage for Unit 1 was completed in fall 2013. Farley Unit 2 continued to safely generate electricity while Unit 1 was offline for the refueling.
“Safety is our top priority, and our team is to be commended for completing this outage safely and efficiently,” said Plant Farley Vice President Cheryl Gayheart. “The work we perform during our outages is a significant investment in our facility. Unit 1 is positioned not just for the next 18 months, but for years of continued safe and reliable electricity production.”
Employees from across the Southern Nuclear fleet are assisting Farley’s staff of more than 900 in the refueling effort. More than 800 additional workers from Westinghouse, Siemens, Williams and other partners have been on site performing specialized tasks.
Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Co., is one of the nation’s leading nuclear energy facility operators. Southern Nuclear operates a total of six units for Alabama Power and Georgia Power at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala.; the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga., and the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga. Southern Nuclear is the licensee of two new nuclear units currently under construction at Plant Vogtle, which will be the first nuclear units constructed in the United States in more than 30 years.