Perry Nuclear Power Plant Returns to Service After Refueling

AKRON, Ohio, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), announced its Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio, returned to service at 1:08 p.m. today following a March 18, 2013, shutdown for refueling and maintenance.

The 1,268-megawatt unit is currently operating at 21 percent power.  Power levels will vary over the next several days as part of routine testing.  The plant is expected to reach full power in the next several days.

During the outage, 280 of the 748 fuel assemblies were exchanged.  Numerous inspections and maintenance and improvement projects were completed to ensure continued safe and reliable operations, including replacement of Perry’s three low pressure turbines.  The new, approximately 175-ton turbine rotors feature an enhanced blade design that is expected to enhance safety and reliability and increase plant efficiency.

Prior to the outage, Perry operated safely and reliably following the completion of its last refueling in spring 2011, generating more than 17.9 million megawatt hours of carbon-free electricity. 

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its FENOC subsidiary also operates the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa., and the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.