Perry nuclear power plant shuts down for refueling

Source: FirstEnergy Corp.

FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), announced its Perry nuclear power plant in Perry, Ohio, shut down earlier today for scheduled refueling and maintenance. 

Two hundred eighty-four of the 748 fuel assemblies will be replaced and numerous safety inspections will be conducted while the unit is off line. Preventative maintenance to ensure continued safe and reliable operations will be performed, including replacing several control rod blades, rewinding the generator and testing more than 100 valves. 

Some 1,000 temporary contractors and FENOC employees from the company's other nuclear plants will supplement the Perry workforce during the outage. 

The 1,268-megawatt unit operated safely and reliably since the completion of its last refueling in May 2009, generating more than 19.2 million megawatt hours of carbon-free electricity. 

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 Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa.

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