TVA’s Watts Bar 2 hits 28% power generation

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Watts Bar 2 nuclear unit was listed at 28% power generation early June 13, according to daily reactor data posted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Watts Bar Unit 2 was officially synced to the grid on June 3 and TVA operators continue to gradually increase power generation at the roughly 1,150-MW facility in Spring City, Tennessee. Eventually, as testing continues, TVA will increase power generation to 100%.

Watts Bar 2 is the seventh operating unit in TVA’s nuclear fleet. TVA has placed the total estimated project cost at $4.7bn for completing construction of the second pressurized water reactor (PWR) at Watts Bar and bringing it online.

The unfinished Watts Bar 2 reactor project had sat idle for many years when the TVA board voted to complete the facility and take advantage of its carbon-free generation.  When the TVA board approved completion of the long-suspended Watts Bar 2 project in 2007, it predicted a 60-month construction schedule and a cost of $2.49bn.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.