Plant Hatch

The Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant, located near Baxley in southeastern Georgia, is jointly owned by Georgia Power (50.1%), Oglethorpe Power Corporation (30%), Municipal Electrical Authority of Georgia (17.7%) and Dalton Utilities (2.2%).

Plant Hatch is one of Georgia Power's two nuclear facilities and is one of three nuclear facilities in the Southern Company system. It is operated by Southern Nuclear.

Construction of the two-unit plant started in 1968. Unit 1 began commercial operation in December 1975. Unit 2 began commercial operation in September 1979. Each unit is rated at 924 megawatts for a total capacity of 1,848 mw. The plant is powered by boiling water reactors manufactured by General Electric Company.

Approximately 850 people - engineers, mechanics, control room operators, lab technicians, instrument and control technicians, electricians, security officers and others - oversee the plant's operations 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

In 2002, Plant Hatch's operating license was extended by the NRC for an additional 20 years.

If you would like to receive information about Plant Hatch or would like to schedule a plant tour or informative presentation for your school group, civic group or other group, please call the Hatch Visitors Center staff at 1-800-722-7774.

Environmental commitment

Plant Hatch has been a certified Wildlife Habitat Council site since 1994. Approximately 200 acres have been replanted with native long-leaf pine. Plant Hatch also participates in bluebird nesting programs and local environmental programs.

The plant is located in a rural area that supports diverse wildlife. Plant Hatch has management programs that enhance habitats for species such as bluebirds, wood ducks and wild turkey. Land management efforts at Plant Hatch contributed to Southern Company's certification as a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation's Energy for Wildlife.

Additionally, Plant Hatch has entered into a Safe Harbor Agreement with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for the red-cockaded woodpecker, a federal endangered species. This Safe Harbor Agreement ensures that adequate habitat will be provided and managed properly for the red-cockaded woodpecker.