Akron, Ohio, March 1, 2010 — FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company, a unit of FirstEnergy Corp., announced its Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, located in Oak Harbor, Ohio, shut down for scheduled refueling and maintenance work.
During the outage, 76 of the 177 fuel assemblies will be exchanged and safety inspections will be conducted.
As part of the process, three large pump motors will be replaced to improve reliability and welds will be reinforced on plant equipment to enhance long-term structural integrity. In addition, maintenance work will be performed on the cooling tower to improve efficiency.
Some 1,200 temporary contractors, many from the local area providing specialized services, and 100 FENOC employees from the company’s other nuclear power plants, will supplement the Davis-Besse workforce during the outage.
The 908-MW (net) plant has operated safely and reliably for 314 consecutive days and generated more than 15 million MW since the completion of its last refueling in February 2008.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its FENOC subsidiary operates the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa., Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio, and Davis-Besse.