Browns Ferry Nuke Refueling Done

Friday, April 17, 2015 @ 03:04 PM gHale

Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant’s Unit 2 reactor is back up and running following a 27-day scheduled refueling and maintenance project, said officials at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

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

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During the outage, completed last Friday, the Browns Ferry team logged 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 ended up 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.

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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