Plant Hatch Unit 1 Begins Planned Refueling and Maintenance Outage
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Plant operators safely took Unit 1 of the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant offline shortly after midnight this morning for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. The last refueling outage for Unit 1 was completed in spring 2010.
Each unit at Plant Hatch requires refueling every 24 months. Aside from refueling the reactor and performing regular maintenance and testing, workers also will replace the Main Turbine Low Pressure Rotor.
Plant Hatch Unit 2 will continue to safely generate electricity while Unit 1 is offline and refueling.
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Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company, operates the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga., the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala. and the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga.
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