ATHENS, Ala.—Operators at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Browns Ferry nuclear station returned Unit 1 to power production early Friday morning, November 4, signaling the safe conclusion of a planned refueling and maintenance outage that will help ensure reliable operation for the next 24 months.
In addition to replacing 280 of the unit’s fuel assemblies, Browns Ferry employees—supported by an additional 900 TVA and contract personnel—completed more than 14,000 work activities, including detailed inspections of reactor vessel components, maintenance operations, and installation of modifications and upgrades to plant equipment that will improve reliability.
“The work we performed in this outage puts Unit 1 in the best position to continue to safely and reliably generate carbon-free, low-cost energy to serve the people of the Tennessee Valley,” said Steve Bono, Browns Ferry site vice president.
During the outage, upgraded equipment and modifications were installed to enhance the station’s recently implemented NFPA 805-compliant fire protection program. Based on a comprehensive risk analysis, the fire protection upgrades increase operators’ ability to keep the facility safe even during the most extreme events.
Browns Ferry’s three nuclear units produce more than 3,300 megawatts of low-cost reliable energy. Collectively, TVA’s seven operational nuclear units provide more than one third of all of the power used by the more than 9 million consumers in a seven-state service area.
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