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Employees safely return Plant Vogtle's unit 1 to service following planned refueling and maintenance outage



  Employees safely return Plant Vogtle's unit 1 to service following planned
                       refueling and maintenance outage

PR Newswire

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 18, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Unit 1 of the Alvin M. Vogtle
Nuclear Plant near Waynesboro, Ga., has safely resumed generating electricity
following completion of a successful, planned refueling and maintenance
outage. Electricity production resumed Oct. 18 at 10:43 a.m. ET.

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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
made upgrades to plant systems and components.

"The work performed during this 17^th refueling outage for unit 1 is a
significant investment in our facility," said Tom Tynan, site vice president
for Vogtle units 1 and 2. "The unit is positioned not just for the next 18
months but for years of continued safe and reliable electricity production." 

Among the activities completed during the fall outage was the installation of
a digital feed water system that replaced analog technology original to the
plant.

"We made upgrades to several systems and components," Tynan said. "We
performed inspections and tests to evaluate the health of our plant.
Westinghouse's rigorous examination of our reactor vessel head – conducted
every six years – showed it is in excellent condition."   

Employees from across the Southern Nuclear fleet assisted Vogtle's team of
more than 900 in the refueling effort. More than 1,000 additional employees
from Williams, Westinghouse, General Electric and other partners performed
specialized tasks. This supplemental workforce provided economic stimulus to
surrounding communities during their stay in the area.

"Our employees are to be commended for completing this outage safely and
efficiently," Tynan said.

The last refueling outage for unit 1 was completed in spring 2011. The unit
marked its 25^th year of safe, reliable operations in May of this year.

Vogtle unit 2 continued to safely generate electricity while unit 1 was
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. A leading U.S. producer of 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 excellent customer
service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the
national average. Southern Company also is continually ranked among the top
utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility
rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com.

Twitter: @SouthernNuclear 
Facebook: facebook.com/southernnuclear  
www.southerncompany.com/southernnuclear

SOURCE Southern Company

Website: http://www.southerncompany.com
Contact: SNC Communications, +1-205-992-5395 - Media line
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