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TVA’s Watts Bar-2 nuclear unit shuts soon after connecting to grid

 Washington (Platts) William Freebairn  –6 Jun 2016  Tennessee Valley Authority’s 1,150-MW Watts Bar-2 nuclear generating unit in Spring City, Tennessee, shut automatically Sunday, hours after it connected to the electricity grid for the first time Friday, TVA said Monday.

The unit shut after it experienced turbine system issues Sunday afternoon, TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said. The federal power producer is troubleshooting the problem, and there is no schedule for when the unit might restart, Brooks said…….

“Power ascension testing” will be repeated several times and the unit will be shut after producing power to test safety systems, officials have said. TVA said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission May 3 that it expects to declare commercial operation of the reactor, when testing is complete and steady-state operations are likely, sometime this summer.

June 8, 2016 - Posted by | general

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