FirstEnergy begins refueling at Beaver Valley nuclear power unit

Source: FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), announced its Beaver Valley Power Station Unit 2 in Shippingport, Pa., shut down for scheduled refueling and maintenance. 

While the unit is off line, 64 of the 157 fuel assemblies will be replaced and numerous safety inspections will be conducted. In addition, preventative maintenance to ensure continued safe and reliable operations will be performed on large pumps providing water to the reactor and the main electrical generator. 

Some 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-megawatt unit operated safely and reliably for 465 consecutive days and generated more than 10 million megawatt hours of electricity since the completion of its last refueling in November 2009. The plant also posted an industry-leading forced-loss rate of 0.00 percent during the past 18 months of operation. 

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its FENOC subsidiary 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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