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Browns Ferry Unit 3 Begins Scheduled Refueling and Maintenance Outage

Feb 20, 2024

ATHENS, Ala. – On Friday, Feb. 16, TVA’s Browns Ferry Unit 3 was safely taken offline for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage that will prepare the unit for the next two years of providing carbon-free energy to the people of the Tennessee Valley.

“There is a significant level of planning required to conduct these outages and the work we have scheduled ensures Unit 3 will sustain its performance until the next refueling outage in two years, “said Browns Ferry Site Vice President Manu Sivaraman. “Safely completing this work is our first priority so that we continue meeting the commitment we have made to our customers to supply reliable power to the Valley.”

More than 12,000 work activities will be performed during this outage that will include feedwater heater replacements and refurbishment of the unit’s waterbox system. To complete scheduled activities, more than 800 contractors and shared resource employees from other TVA nuclear stations will support Browns Ferry employees in completing the Unit 3 outage.

TVA’s investment in improvements at all three nuclear power stations helps ensure the energy needs of the Tennessee Valley are met for decades to come. These upgrades also support TVA’s intention to extend the service life of its power plants with Browns Ferry being the first TVA Nuclear Power Plant to submit an application for subsequent license renewal to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Browns Ferry Unit 3 is one of seven TVA nuclear reactors generating low-cost and carbon-free energy across the Valley. The TVA nuclear fleet is the third largest in the nation, safely and reliably providing about 40 percent of all electricity used by nearly 10 million people in the Tennessee Valley.

About TVA

The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship, and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse, and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas, and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s drive toward a clean energy future.

TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving 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.


Adam May
TVA Media Relations
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