SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. –The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant Unit 2 resumed 100% power operations today after safely completing a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. Unit 2 provides enough carbon-free energy to power 650,000 homes.
In addition to replacing 80 of the unit’s 193 fuel assemblies, detailed inspections of various systems were conducted to confirm all components are fully able of performing their safety functions. Other major maintenance activities included replacing or refurbishing a number of motors, valves and other plant components, as well as several modifications for improving safety.
Additional safe work practices were established to help protect the health and well-being of employees and supplemental workers in light of COVID-19. Sequoyah took multiple and significant steps, including required health screenings prior to plant entry each day, and increased personal protective equipment required for this outage.
“The entire Sequoyah team, supported by our union and contract partners, safely completed over 10,500 work activities during the outage,” said Matt Rasmussen, Sequoyah site vice president. “The work we performed together in this outage puts Unit 2 in the best position to continue to operate safely over the next 18-month cycle. Each of our team members takes great pride in the work they do to ensure the plant continues to provide safe, reliable service to the people and businesses of the Tennessee Valley.”
This spring, TVA has safely completed scheduled refueling outages at Browns Ferry Unit 3 and Sequoyah Unit 2. Watts Bar Unit 1 is scheduled to begin a refueling outage this weekend.
Sequoyah Unit 2 is one of seven operational TVA nuclear reactors across the Valley. Collectively, TVA’s nuclear fleet safely and reliably provides nearly 40% of all electricity used by nearly 10 million people in the Tennessee Valley.
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