Condenser Shuts Down TN Nuke

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ 10:02 AM gHale

Watts Bar Nuclear Plant operators shut down the reactor over a problem in the non-nuclear part of the facility.

The issue behind the Saturday shutdown of the Spring City, TN, plant was in the condenser that helps covert steam back into water.

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The Unit 1 reactor ceased generating power about 11 a.m. Saturday and will remain down while Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) employees work to figure out the problem.

TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said there was never any danger to the public or plant personnel.

Hopson said warmer weather over the weekend lowered TVA’s power demand from Thursday’s peak levels. He said he doesn’t expect the shutdown to create any issues for the electric provider’s transmission system.

A second nuclear unit is under construction at the plant.

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