Browns Ferry nuclear reactor returns to service after outage

Browns Ferry nuclear reactor returns to service after outage

March 18th, 2014 by Dave Flessner in Local - Breaking News

Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant is near Athens, Ala.

Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant is...

TVA's newest reactor at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant returned to service on Monday after completing a refueling outage in which TVA spent more than $5 million employing more than 800 temporary contract workers.

Unit 3 resumed generating electricity at 6:38 a.m. CDT on Monday. The unit is expected to reach full capacity within the next few days. Browns Ferry Units 1 and 2 continue generating electricity at 100 percent power.

During the outage, 288 fuel assemblies were replaced and more than 11,500 work activities were completed to prepare Unit 3 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 in a prepared statement.

Browns Ferry Unit 3 is one of six nuclear power generating units operated by TVA at three facilities. At full capacity, Browns Ferry's three 1,100-megawatt units produce enough electricity to power more than 2 million homes.