Safety is the top priority: Plant Vogtle Unit 2 Begins Planned Refueling And Maintenance Outage

Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:03pm EDT

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.,  March 12, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Plant operators safely took
unit 2 of the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant offline on  Sunday,
March 10  for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. The last refueling
outage for unit 2 was completed in the fall of 2011.

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Each unit at Plant Vogtle 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 Tynan. "Safety is our number
one focus and priority during the outage. I am especially proud of the economic
impact that is made in the local community before, during and after the
refueling outage."

Employees from across the Southern Nuclear fleet are assisting Vogtle'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 their stay in the area.

Vogtle unit 1 will continue to safely generate electricity while unit 2 is
offline and refueling.

About Southern Nuclear:
Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), is one of the
nation's leading nuclear energy facility operators. Producing safe, reliable and
environmentally friendly nuclear energy, 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. Southern Nuclear employs more than
3,500 skilled and dedicated professionals who are committed each day to nuclear
and personal safety and the health and safety of the public. The company's
headquarters is based in  Birmingham, Ala.Twitter:  @SouthernNuclear. Facebook:

Southern Company: With 4.4 million customers and more than 43,000 megawatts of
generating capacity,  Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier
energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S.
producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company
owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation
company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company
brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high
reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average.
Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear
renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be built
in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to energy
innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal gasification
plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense
and  G.I. Jobs  magazine as a top military employer and listed by DiversityInc
as a top company for Blacks. The company received the 2012 Edison Award from the
Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new nuclear development, was
named Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of the Year for 2012 and is
continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual  World's Most
Admired Electric and Gas Utility  rankings. Visit our website at

SOURCE  Southern Nuclear

Mark Sullivan, Southern Nuclear Communications, +1-205-992-5395 - Media line

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