Beaver Valley Unit 2 returns to service following refueling outage

FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), announced its Beaver Valley Power Station Unit 2 in Shippingport, Penn., returned to service at 1:18 p.m. October 30 following a September 26, 2015, shutdown for refueling and maintenance.

The 933-megawatt plant was expected to reach full power within days.

During the refueling outage, one-third of the plant’s 157 fuel assemblies were exchanged.  In addition, numerous inspections and preventative maintenance and improvement projects were completed to ensure continued safe and reliable operations, including examinations of the unit’s reactor head, turbine, electrical generator and three steam generators, which convert super-heated water from the reactor to steam which turns the plant’s turbine to create electricity.

Beaver Valley Unit 2 operated safely and reliably, generating more than 10.8 million megawatt hours of electricity since the completion of its last refueling in May 2014.

FirstEnergy Corp. is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio.  Its FENOC subsidiary also operates the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio, and the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.  Visit FENOC on the web at, and follow the nuclear plants on Twitter:  @Perry_Plant, @BVPowerStation, and @DavisBesse.