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

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

PR Newswire

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 12, 2013

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.


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:
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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
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SOURCE Southern Nuclear

Contact: Mark Sullivan, Southern Nuclear Communications, +1-205-992-5395 -
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