Westinghouse Electric Co. said it will begin shipping nuclear fuel to the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Watts Bar site for use in the 1,800 MW Unit 2 reactor. TVA recently received a license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to receive, inspect and store new nuclear fuel for the reactor.
Westinghouse manufactured the fuel assemblies at its Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility in Columbia, S.C. and will ship the assemblies between late June and August 2011. Fuel loading is expected to begin in 2012 at Watts Bar 2, which is currently under construction. Once licensed to operate by the NRC, Unit 2 will be the first new reactor to achieve commercial operations in the U.S. since Watts Bar Unit 1 in 1996 and will add 1,180 MW to the TVA power system.
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