Akron, Ohio, November 15, 2021 – Energy Harbor’s Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station Unit 2 in Shippingport, PA, returned to service at 4:01 p.m. Saturday, November 13 following an October 10 shutdown for scheduled refueling and preventive maintenance.
The 963-megawatt plant is currently operating at approximately 75 percent power. Power levels will vary over the next two days as the plant ramps up to full power.
During the outage, approximately one-third of the unit's 157 fuel assemblies were exchanged. In addition, more than 9,400 work activities associated with numerous inspections, preventive maintenance and improvement projects were completed, including examinations of various pumps and valves, the reactor vessel, various electrical systems, the turbine generator and the cooling tower.
"Beaver Valley's solid outage performance reflects the hard work and dedication of the plant employees and nearly 1,000 temporary contract workers and Energy Harbor personnel who assisted with the refueling outage," said Energy Harbor Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, David Hamilton. "Thanks to their good work, Beaver Valley Unit 2 will be able to generate safe, reliable, secure and carbon-free electricity without interruption until its next scheduled refueling outage in the spring of 2023."
Prior to this outage, Beaver Valley Unit 2 operated safely and reliably for 523 consecutive days, generating more than 12 million megawatt-hours of electricity, enough to power more than one million homes, since the completion of its last refueling in May 2020.