TVA completes Browns Ferry 2 refueling in 27 days

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said April 15 that the Browns Ferry 2 nuclear unit in Alabama is back online following a 27-day refueling and maintenance outage.

Browns Ferry 2 was listed at 75% generation early April 15 by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

“The Browns Ferry team did an excellent job coming together to successfully complete Unit 2’s refueling outage,” Site Vice President Keith Polson said. “Their work ensures that plant equipment is even more reliable and that Unit 2 is ready for the next two-year cycle.”

During the outage, completed Friday, April 10, the Browns Ferry team logged approximately 193,000 man-hours of work activities, including the installation of 260 new fuel assemblies in the Unit 2 reactor core. In all, 12,250 work activities were completed to help improve Unit 2’s overall levels of safety and reliability.

 An additional 830 TVA and contract employees supported the outage, supplementing the site’s regular staff.

At full capacity, Browns Ferry’s three units generate a combined 3,300 MW of electricity, which is 10% of TVA’s total generation capacity and enough electricity to power 2 million homes. The three Browns Ferry units are all boiling water reactors (BWRs).

TVA also operates two units at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., and one unit at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant near Spring City, Tenn., where a second unit is scheduled for completion in late 2015.

TVA completed a refueling outage at Browns Ferry 1 last October. Meanwhile, TVA’s Sequoyah 1 just began a scheduled refueling outage.

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