Plant Farley unit 2 begins planned refueling and maintenance outage

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.,  April 15, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- 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

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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 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.

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.

About 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 namedElectric 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

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