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FirstEnergy : One of two reactors at Beaver Valley nuclear plant shut down for refueling, maintenance

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09/27/2016 | 05:34am CEST

Sept. 26-- value="LU/us.pa.shiort" idsrc="xmltag.org">SHIPPINGPORT -- The first unit at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station was shut down Saturday for refueling and maintenance work.

value="NYSE:FE" idsrc="xmltag.org">FirstEnergy Corp. spokeswoman Jennifer Young couldn't provide an exact date of when the unit might come back online but said more than 1,000 temporary contract workers will be on site to supplement the normal 800-person value="LU/us.pa.belley" idsrc="xmltag.org">Beaver Valley workforce during outage activities.

Those outage activities include replacing one-third of the 157 fuel assembly rods in Unit 1 in addition to "numerous" inspections of the plant's reactor vessel.

Plenty of preventative maintenance will take place during the outage, which includes work on the nuclear plant's three steam generators in addition to the cooling tower, pumps, motors and valves.

Young said the occurrence is a "pretty basic outage," and the most important aspect of it is replacing the fuel in the reactor core.

The first unit at value="LU/us.pa.belley" idsrc="xmltag.org">Beaver Valley was last taken offline in May 2015 and was down for about a month during refueling activities.

Since that outage, the 939-megawatt Unit 1 has generated more than 10.5 million megawatt-hours of electricity.

Scheduled outages mean the nuclear plant is even busier than it usually is. About 2,000 employees and contractors will work 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the refueling and maintenance is complete.

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