Perry Nuclear Power Plant returns to service

AKRON, Ohio, May 9, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) — FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) announced that the Perry Nuclear Power Plant returned to service following a scheduled refueling.

At 9:43 p.m., the unit was operating at approximately 18 percent power. Power levels will vary over the next several days as part of routine testing until full operating power of 1,260 megawatts is achieved.

Significant accomplishments during the outage include replacing 288 of the 748 fuel assemblies in the reactor core and improving several plant operating systems, including new, digital controls for the reactor feedwater system; rebuilt pumps with upgraded parts and materials and design modifications to enhance fuel reliability.

In addition, total work scope for the outage was increased nearly 30 percent to enhance plant reliability. Added projects included repairs to the plant’s main generator, refurbishing dozens of high-voltage breakers throughout the plant and modifying the emergency diesel generators’ exhaust system.

About Perry Nuclear Power Plant

Perry is owned by the Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp., and is operated by FirstEnergy’s FENOC subsidiary.

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