Beaver Valley Unit 2 Begins Refueling and Maintenance Outage Major Projects Include Upgrade of Low Pressure Turbines
AKRON, Ohio, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 12:00 a.m. today for scheduled refueling, maintenance and a turbine upgrade expected to improve efficiency and reliability.
While the unit is off line, 65 of the 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 designed to promote continued safe and reliable operations will be performed on major components including pumps, valves and the cooling tower.
During the outage, Unit 2's two low pressure turbines will be replaced. The new, approximately 153-ton turbine rotors feature an enhanced blade design that is expected to improve plant safety, reliability and efficiency.
More than 1,000 temporary contractors and FENOC and FirstEnergy employees, including 130 workers from the company's W. H. Sammis Plant, will supplement the Beaver Valley workforce during the outage.
The 904-megawatt Beaver Valley Unit 2 operated safely and reliably for 532 consecutive days and has generated more than 12 million megawatt hours of electricity since the completion of its last refueling in April 2011.
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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