Employees safely return Plant Vogtle unit 2 to service following planned refueling outage

   Employees safely return Plant Vogtle unit 2 to service following planned
                               refueling outage

PR Newswire

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 4, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Unit 2 of the Alvin W. Vogtle
Nuclear Plant near Waynesboro, Ga., has safely resumed generating electricity
following completion of a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080801/SOCOLOGO )

Plant operators safely took the unit offline on March 10. Electricity
production resumed on April 3 at 12:32 p.m. ET. The last refueling outage for
unit 2 was completed in fall 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
made upgrades to plant systems and components. "Safety is our top priority,
and our team is to be commended for completing this outage safely and
efficiently," said Tom Tynan, site vice president for Vogtle units 1 and 2.

Among the activities completed during the outage was the installation of a
digital feed water control system that replaced analog technology original to
the plant. An identical digital system was installed on unit 1 during its
refueling and maintenance outage in October 2012.

"The work performed during this unit 2 outage is a significant investment in
this facility," Tynan said. "The unit is positioned not just for the next 18
months – but for years of continued safe and reliable electricity
production."

Employees from across the Southern Nuclear fleet assisted Vogtle's staff of
more than 900 in the refueling effort. Over 800 additional workers from
Williams Plant Services, Westinghouse, General Electric and other partners
performed specialized tasks. These supplemental workers provided economic
stimulus to surrounding communities during their stay in the area.

Vogtle unit 1 continued to safely generate electricity while unit 2 was
offline for the 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 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 www.southerncompany.com.

SOURCE Southern Company

Website: http://www.southerncompany.com
Contact: Southern Nuclear Communications, +1-205-992-5395 - Media line,
Twitter: @SouthernNuclear, Facebook: facebook.com/southernnuclear,
www.southerncompany.com/southernnuclear
 
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.