AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), announced today that two new steam generators for the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, have been delivered safely to the plant. The steam generators – each weighing 470 tons – were off-loaded at the Port of Toledo last week and transported by train to the plant this past weekend.
The new steam generators will be installed during Davis-Besse's regularly scheduled refueling outage in spring 2014. As part of Davis-Besse's design, the steam generators function as heat exchangers, producing the superheated steam that is used to drive the turbine generator, which ultimately produces electricity.
"Installation of new steam generators supports the continued safe and reliable operations at Davis-Besse," said Ray Lieb, site vice president of Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station. "The new steam generators will help ensure that Davis-Besse remains an integral part of northwest Ohio's economy, and a clean energy source, now and in the future."
Fabrication of the new steam generators began in 2009 by The Babcock and Wilcox Company at its facility in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada – the largest commercial nuclear equipment manufacturing facility in North America. Each of the components measures 74 feet in length, 12 feet in diameter and weighs 470 tons.
After being completed in Canada, the new steam generators were shipped across Lake Erie to the Port of Toledo via a jumbo transport ship and loaded onto rail cars for their final delivery to Davis-Besse. The steam generators will be stored on-site in a new 18,000 square foot facility until installation in the spring of 2014.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its FENOC subsidiary also operates the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio. Follow Davis-Besse on Twitter @DavisBesse.
Editor's Note: Photos of the steam generators being delivered by rail to the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station are available on Flickr.
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