Beaver Valley nuclear plant begins refueling, maintenance outage

Source:FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy's Beaver Valley Unit 2 nuclear reactor begins refueling and maintenance outage

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 at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, for scheduled refueling and maintenance.

While the unit is off line, one-third of the reactor's 157 fuel assemblies will be replaced and numerous safety inspections will be conducted, including inspections of the unit's reactor vessel head, turbine and electrical generator.  In addition, preventative maintenance expected to support continued safe and reliable operations will be performed on major components including pumps, valves and the cooling tower. 

Beaver Valley Unit 2 will also undertake a number of projects in preparation for replacement of the unit's three steam generators and reactor head in 2017.  These activities include installation of a heavy-duty crane system in containment and measurements to support planning for the future replacement.

Nearly 1,000 temporary contractors and FENOC and FirstEnergy employees will supplement the Beaver Valley workforce during the outage.

The 904-megawatt Beaver Valley Unit 2 has operated safely and reliably, generating more than 11.7 million megawatt hours of electricity since the completion of its last refueling in November 2012. 

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