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.
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.