Beaver Valley nuclear power station shuts down Unit 1 reactor to begin refueling

Source: FirstEnergy Corp.

FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), announced its Beaver Valley nuclear power station Unit 1 in Shippingport, Pa., has shut down for scheduled refueling and maintenance. 

While the unit is offline, 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 safe and reliable 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 power plants will supplement the Beaver Valley workforce during the outage. 

The 911-megawatt unit operated safely and reliably for 359 consecutive days and has generated more than 9.3 million megawatt hours of electricity since the completion of its last refueling in November 2010. The plant also posted an industry top-decile forced-loss rate of 0.01 percent during the past 18 months of operation (forced-loss rate measures a unit's unplanned outages and power reductions). 

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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