Sequoyah reactor work complete

photo Sequoyah Nuclear Plant is located near Soddy-Daisy.

TVA's tricky job of cutting two holes in the roof of a Sequoyah Nuclear Plant reactor to extract and replace four steam generators has come to a safe end, according to officials.

Tennessee Valley Authority announced Friday that the plant's Unit 2 reactor is making electricity again after the three-month job was completed seven days early.

The work -- along with regular refueling and maintenance -- also came in under the projected $376 million budget, according to TVA spokesman Ray Golden.

Now TVA will move ahead with a plan to ask the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to extend TVA's operating license for Sequoyah by as much as 20 more years, he said.

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