FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), announced May 26 that its Beaver Valley Power Station Unit 1 in Shippingport, Pa., returned to service at 9:55 a.m. on May 24, following an April 25 scheduled shutdown for refueling and maintenance.
The 939-MW unit as of the morning of May 26 was operating at 89% power. The plant was expected to reach full power late on May 26.
During the outage, 61 of the 157 fuel assemblies were exchanged. Numerous safety inspections and preventative maintenance and improvement projects were completed to ensure continued safe operations. More than 1,000 temporary contractor workers and FENOC and FirstEnergy employees supplemented the Beaver Valley workforce to complete outage work.
Prior to the outage, Beaver Valley Unit 1 operated safely and reliably, generating more than 11 million megawatt hours of carbon-free electricity since the completion of its last refueling in November 2013.
FENOC also operates the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio, and the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.