Sequoyah Unit 1 Begins Scheduled Refueling, Maintenance Outage

November 28, 2016

SODDY-DAISY, Tenn.—After generating more than 12.3 billion kilowatt hours of carbon-free energy over the past 18 months, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant Unit 1 began a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage on Saturday, Nov. 26.

“Nuclear power is a key supplier of reliable, low-cost electricity to those we serve in the Tennessee Valley and outages like this are vital to continuing operational excellence,” said Greg Boerschig, site vice president. “Some key maintenance activities can only be safely completed when we are offline, so we will make the most of this opportunity to ensure Unit 1 operates safely and reliably for another 18 months.”

An additional 700 TVA and contract employees are supplementing the site’s regular staff during the scheduled outage. Approximately 10,000 work activities are planned, including loading new fuel assemblies, performing inspections of reactor components, maintenance of plant equipment and installing unit enhancements.

Sequoyah Unit 1 is one of seven operational TVA nuclear reactors across the Valley, supplying nearly one-third of all electricity used by more than 9 million people.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving more than 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

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Jim Hopson
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000
(865) 632-8860