The Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant, located near Dothan in southeast Alabama, is owned by Alabama Power and operated by Southern Nuclear Operating Company. It is one of three nuclear facilities in the Southern electric system.
Construction of the plant began in 1970. Unit 1 achieved commercial operation in December 1977. Unit 2 began commercial operation in July 1981. The total cost of the plant was about $1.57 billion.
Each unit is capable of generating 888 megawatts (mw) for a total capacity of 1,776 mw. The plant is powered by Westinghouse pressurized water reactors.
The containment building, which houses the reactor, the reactor coolant system and other nuclear-related components, is constructed of reinforced concrete and carbon steel.
Since commercial operation began in 1977, Plant Farley has generated more than 330 billion kilowatts of electricity. That's enough generation to supply every Alabama residential customer with electricity for 25 years.
Plant Farley replaced Unit 1's steam generators during its Spring 2000 outage and Unit 2's steam generators during its Spring 2001 outage.
News about the plant
- In 2007, Plant Farley became the first SNC plant to attain an INPO industrial safety accident rate of 0.00. The milestone was 18 months with 0 lost-time or restricted-duty injuries.
- In 2005, Plant Farley's Operating license was extended by the NRC for an additional 20 years.
- In 2009, Plant Farley achieved 10 million work hours without a lost-time accident.
- In 2008, Plant Farley celebrated 30 years of operation.