A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Southern Co. has told the government it is on a path to restarting the Unit 1 reactor at Plant Vogtle, near Waynesboro, as early as Friday.
The NRC and utility officials say the reactor shut down unexpectedly Wednesday and there have been no leaks, damage or other safety concerns reported.
Officials are still trying to determine what prompted an automatic safety system to shut the reactor down, which will not affect power supply for customers.
Unexpected shutdowns of commercial reactors happen occasionally each year. The NRC says the utility has replaced some electronics equipment in the power plant in advance of resuming operations.