First Energy nuclear plant shut down for maintenance, refueling

Akron, Ohio, October 12, 2009 – FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co, a unit of FirstEnergy Corp., shut down its Beaver Valley Power Station Unit 2 for scheduled refueling and maintenance work.

As part of the process, 60 of the 157 fuel assemblies will be exchanged and safety inspections conducted. In addition, numerous improvement projects will be completed to ensure continued safe and reliable operations.

Some 1,200 temporary contractors, many from the local area providing specialized services, will supplement the Beaver Valley workforce during the outage.

The 904-MW unit operated safely and reliably for 350 consecutive days and achieved a 99.8 percent capability factor in 2009.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its FENOC subsidiary operates the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio; Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio; and Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa.

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