Bechtel gets contract to replace Beaver Valley Unit 2 generators

Bechtel has been awarded a contract to provide engineering, procurement, and construction services for replacing three steam generators at Unit 2 of FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co.’s (FENOC) Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport, Pa.

Bechtel noted in a June 6 announcement that it replaced three steam generators at Beaver Valley Unit 1 in 2006. FENOC is a unit of FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE).

“We have a long-standing relationship with FENOC and look forward to continuing our work with them to deliver this project successfully and safely,” said Alasdair Cathcart, president of Bechtel’s power business. “We’ve provided services to more than 85 percent of the nation’s nuclear fleet. As plants age, steam generator replacements will ensure they remain safe, reliable and their functional capabilities remain intact.”

FirstEnergy has not released the cost of the project, a power company spokesperson said. The steam generator replacement is not the only capital expenditure slated for Beaver Valley. FirstEnergy is in the process of adding more spent fuel storage at both Beaver Valley units.

Beaver Valley provides power to nearly a million homes. Almost half of the power is produced by Unit 2, a pressurized water reactor generating 904 MW. Engineering work on the project will begin immediately with full site mobilization in late 2016 and generator replacement in March 2017, Bechtel said.

“We have completed 34 steam generator replacements over the years,” said Greg Ashley, president of Bechtel’s nuclear business line. “The replacement steam generators weigh approximately 370 tons and will require an experienced team to execute the work. I’m confident the experience of our team and continued collaboration with FENOC will result in the safe and successful delivery of the Beaver Valley Unit 2 project.”

In addition to work at Beaver Valley, Bechtel is currently replacing steam generators at FENOC’s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in northern Ohio. Steam generators function as heat exchangers to produce the superheated steam that is used to drive the turbine generator in a pressurized water reactor.

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