Akron, Ohio – FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), announced its Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, for scheduled refueling and maintenance.
While the unit is offline, about a third of the unit’s 177 fuel assemblies will be replaced. Preventative maintenance and safety inspections to ensure continued safe and reliable operations also will be performed on major components including various pumps, valves, reactor vessel, steam generators, turbine generator and the coolocicing tower. In total, more than 1,200 work activities will be completed during the refueling outage.
More than 1,000 temporary contractor workers and FENOC and FirstEnergy employees will supplement the Davis-Besse workforce during the outage. The additional workforce will provide a multi-million-dollar boost to the local economy as workers stay in area hotels, eat in local restaurants and frequent area stores.
The 908-megawatt Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station has operated safely and reliably, generating more than 13.8 million megawatt hours of electricity since the completion of its last refueling in May 2016.
FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Its FENOC subsidiary also operates the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa. and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio. Visit FENOC on the web at
www.fenoc.com, and follow the nuclear plants on Twitter @DavisBesse, @Perry_Plant, and @BVPowerStation.