The newest reactor at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant is expected to return to full power generation this week after TVA completed a refueling outage in which the utility spent more than $5 million employing over 800 temporary contract workers.
During the outage at the Unit 3 reactor at the North Alabama plant, 288 fuel assemblies were replaced and more than 11,500 work activities were completed to prepare the reactor for another two-year fuel cycle.
Major work activities included the installation of a replacement turbine rotor refurbished to resist corrosion and stress cracking; key reactor safety systems were disassembled, inspected and upgraded; and more than 100 electrical relays and breakers were replaced with upgraded equipment.
"The Browns Ferry team did an excellent job completing a safe and event-free outage while also operating Units 1 and 2 to provide power to TVA customers," Browns Ferry Site Manager Keith Polson said.
Tennessee Valley Authority employees contributed nearly $2.6 million in 2013 to Combined Federal Campaigns across the utility's 7-state region, officials said Tuesday.
The biggest fundraising campaign last year was the Chattanooga Combined Federal Campaign, which collected nearly $1.53 million from TVA workers in the Chattanooga area.