Some 1,200 temporary contractors, many from the local area providing specialized services, and 100 FENOC employees from the company's other nuclear plants, will supplement the Davis-Besse workforce during the outage
- By Stephen Heiser -
FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. has announced that its Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, located in Oak Harbor, Ohio, has 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 plants, will supplement the Davis-Besse workforce during the outage.
The 908-megawatt (net) plant has operated safely and reliably for 314 consecutive days and generated more than 15 million megawatts 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.
On February 11, 2010 FirstEnergy and Allegheny Energy, Inc. announced that both would combine in a stock-for-stock transaction. The transaction is anticipated to be accretive to FirstEnergy earnings in the first year following the close. The companies expect to complete the transaction within 12-14 months.
The combination creates a leading regional energy provider with: Approximately $16 billion in annual revenues and $1.4 billion in annual net income (combined figures as of December 31, 2009); Ten regulated electric distribution companies providing electric service to more than six million customers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia; Nearly 20,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines connecting the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic; Approximately 24,000 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity from a diversified mix of regional coal, nuclear, natural gas, oil and renewable power; and More than 2,200 MW of renewable assets
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