Statement on Watts Bar Unit 1 Reactor Trip

February 22, 2015

At 10:32 a.m. EST on Saturday, February 21, operators at TVA’s Watts Bar Unit 1 received indications of a potential issue with the unit’s condenser, which converts steam back to water after it has passed through the power generating turbines.  As a conservative action, they manually took the reactor off-line.

Both the operators and the plant equipment responded as expected.  The reactor is currently in a safe configuration as the Watts Bar team identifies and resolves the cause of the condenser issue.

Kevin Walsh, Site Vice President, Watts Bar Nuclear Plant


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