FirstEnergy’s Beaver Valley Unit 1 goes down for refueling

AKRON, Ohio, April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), announced its Beaver Valley Power Station Unit 1 in Shippingport, Pa., shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, for scheduled refueling and maintenance.

While the unit is offline, 61 of the 157 fuel assemblies will be replaced and numerous safety inspections will be conducted.  In addition, preventative maintenance to ensure continued safe and reliable operations will be performed on major components including the plant’s three steam generators as well as various pumps, valves and the cooling tower. 

More than 1,000 temporary contractor workers and FENOC and FirstEnergy employees will supplement the Beaver Valley workforce during the outage.

The 939-megawatt Beaver Valley Unit 1 has operated safely and reliably, generating more than 11 million megawatt hours of electricity since the completion of its last refueling in November 2013. 

FirstEnergy Corp. 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.  Visit FENOC on the web, and follow the nuclear plants on Twitter:  @Perry_Plant@BVPowerStation, and @DavisBesse.