Watts Bar nuclear power unit offline for scheduled outage

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) removed the 1,109 MW Watts Bar Unit 1 nuclear power plant near Spring City, Tenn., from service Sept. 10 for a planned refueling and maintenance outage.

TVA said plant personnel will be replacing spent nuclear fuel assemblies, as well as performing maintenance, system upgrades, and testing and inspections that can only be done when the reactor is offline.

During its most recent 18-month operational cycle, Watts Bar Unit 1 produced more than 11 billion kWh of electricity.

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