TVA’s Bellefonte resets work priorities

To better match resources with current business needs, Tennessee Valley Authority is reducing the number of contractors supporting its Bellefonte nuclear plant project.

“Bellefonte is integral to building a balanced energy portfolio and TVA being a leader in safe, clean and reliable nuclear energy production,” says David Stinson, vice president, Bellefonte project. “However, with construction at Bellefonte not beginning until fuel is loaded at Watts Bar 2, we are resetting priorities at the site.”

Aligned with TVA’s Chief Executive Officer Tom Kilgore’s statements in February, Stinson explained that Bellefonte is aligning the organization to manage costs with a focus on TVA’s business priorities.

About 900 contractors support the Bellefonte project with almost half of the contractors working at the site and the remainder in satellite offices at other locations.  Of the 430 affected contractor positions, only about 85 individuals work at the Bellefonte site.

“We began releasing contract workers supporting Bellefonte this week and will continue through mid-May,” said Stinson. “About twenty percent of the affected contractors are working locally at the site.”

Stinson said that other priorities for the project include defining a timeframe to verify remaining construction work and the rate at which it can be performed.  Additional areas of focus include incorporating lessons learned from Fukushima and Watts Bar Unit 2 construction, establishing processes to identify and mitigate risks and putting in place infrastructure for effective planning and project controls.

“Resetting priorities at Bellefonte at this time makes good business sense,” said Stinson. “It will help assure we meet our long-term objective to make Bellefonte a productive asset that adds to TVA’s supply of clean, base-load power.”