TVA completes refueling of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant

TVA completes refueling of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant

April 15th, 2015 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

The spent fuel rod pool for the Unit 1 reactor is shown at the Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Athens, Ala.

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

The Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant has returned the Unit 2 reactor to service following a 27-day scheduled refueling and maintenance project.

"The Browns Ferry team did an excellent job coming together to successfully complete Unit 2's refueling outage," Site Vice President Keith Polson said in a statement today. "Their work ensures that plant equipment is even more reliable and that Unit 2 is ready for the next two-year cycle."

The TVA Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Ala.

The TVA Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens,...

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

 During the outage, completed last Friday, the Browns Ferry team logged approximately 193,000 man-hours of work activities, including the installation of 260 new fuel assemblies in the Unit 2 reactor core. In all, 12,250 work activities were completed to help improve Unit 2's overall levels of safety and reliability.

An additional 830 TVA and contract employees supported the outage, supplementing the site's regular staff.

"I'm very proud of everyone for their tremendous work in improving the performance and reliability of Brown Ferry," said Polson. "Their hard work and dedication is a reflection of their commitment to providing safe, reliable power to the people of the Tennessee Valley."

At full capacity, Browns Ferry's three units generate a combined 3,300 megawatts of electricity, which is 10 percent of TVA's total generation capacity and enough electricity to power 2 million homes. 


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