Beaver Valley Unit 1 refuels

Akron, Ohio, April 11, 2012 — FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co., a unit of FirstEnergy Corp., announced its Beaver Valley Power Station Unit 1 in Shippingport, Pa., shut down for scheduled refueling and maintenance.

While the unit is off line, 65 of the 157 fuel assemblies will be replaced and numerous safety inspections will be conducted, including inspections of the unit's high-pressure turbine, main electrical generator and containment liner. In addition, preventative maintenance to ensure continued operations will be performed on major components, including pumps, valves and the cooling tower.

More than 1,000 temporary contractors and FENOC employees from the company's other nuclear plants will supplement the Beaver Valley workforce during the outage.

The 911-MW unit operated safely and reliably for 359 consecutive days and has generated more than 9.3 million MWh of electricity since the completion of its last refueling in November 2010.

FirstEnergy is an energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its FENOC unit also operates the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio.

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