Plant operators took the Vogtle nuclear reactor Unit 2 offline for refueling this weekend after a 522-day run of continuous operation.
Workers at the generating station near Waynesboro, Georgia will perform regular maintenance, testing and equipment upgrades for the 1,200-MW unit. Southern Co.’s nuclear fleet employees will team with nearly 1,200 additional workers from Westinghouse, General Electric, Day & Zimmerman and other companies in completing the turnaround and refueling.
“I’m proud of our Vogtle team for keeping Unit 2 operating at the highest levels of performance during the latest fuel cycle to achieve operational excellence,” said Darin Myers, site vice president for Vogtle units 1 and 2. “Safety is always our top priority, and during this outage our workers and supporting partners are committed to achieving it safely and successfully. Our comprehensive planning as one team has positioned us for excellence.”
Once completed, the unit should operate for another 18 months in the fuel cycle, the company said. Southern Nuclear operates the facility on behalf of Georgia Power and the Vogtle plant’s other co-owners, including Oglethorpe Power Corp., Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities.
Unit 2 began operation in 1989, two years after Unit 1 was commissioned. Crews are currently constructing Units 3 and 4 planned to open sometime in the next decade.
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