Akron, Ohio — FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., announced its Beaver Valley Power Station unit 1 in Shippingport, Penn., returned to service at 10:10 p.m. Nov. 4 affter a Sept. 30 shutdown for refueling and maintenance. The 911-MW plant is currently operating at 41 percent power and is expected to reach full power in the next week.
During the outage, 60 of the plant’s 157 fuel assemblies were exchanged. Numerous inspections and preventative maintenance and improvement projects were completed to ensure continued safe and reliable operations, including replacement of the unit’s two low-pressure turbines. The new, approximately 153-ton turbine rotors feature an enhanced blade design that is expected to increase plant efficiency.
Prior to the outage, Beaver Valley Unit 1 operated safely and reliably for 507 consecutive days and generated more than 10.8 million megawatt-hours of electricity since the completion of its last refueling in May 2012.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its FENOC subsidiary also operates the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak harbor, Ohio, and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio.