Sequoyah Nuclear Unit 1 Begins Scheduled Refueling Outage

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tennessee Valley Authority's Sequoyah Nuclear Plant Unit 1 began a scheduled refueling outage on Monday after completing 509 consecutive days of operation. 

The Unit 1 reactor generated 14.8 net gigawatt hours since its last refueling about 18 months ago.

During the refueling outage, 93 fuel assemblies will be replaced and maintenance will be performed that cannot be done while the unit is online. Sequoyah's Unit 2 will continue to operate and generate energy as usual. 

"Refueling Unit 1 will help ensure both Sequoyah units continue to safely generate reliable and cleaner, carbon-free energy for years to come," said John Carlin, Sequoyah Nuclear Plant vice president.

"Nuclear generation accounts for over 30 percent of TVA's balanced energy portfolio. We plan to invest in Sequoyah's efficient operation so that it remains a low-cost generator for the millions of people in the Valley who rely on TVA power."

More than 800 contractor workers will supplement Sequoyah’s employees during the refueling outage. The project will involve more than 160,000 work-hours until the outage is completed. 

“Each person working at Sequoyah is tasked with ensuring nuclear, radiological and industrial safety is their focus to return Unit 1 to reliable, safe operation,” Mr. Carlin added.

At full capacity, Sequoyah's 1,160-megawatt Unit 1 and 1,160-megawatt Unit 2 combined produce enough electricity for more than 1.3 million homes. TVA also operates three units at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Ala., and one unit at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant near Spring City, Tenn., where a second unit is scheduled for completion in late 2015.

Grand Celebration Marks Completion Of Coolsprings Galleria

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL), on Tuesday announced the opening of the redevelopment at CoolSprings Galleria in Nashville (Franklin), Tn. Designed to significantly enhance the offerings at the shopping center, the redevelopment of the former Sears location included adding a new mall entrance as well as retail space for a mix of fashion stores, and fine dining ... (click for more)

Haslam, Boyd Announce Ficosa North America To Build New Facility In Putnam County

Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Ficosa North America officials announced today the company will expand its Tennessee presence by building a new state-of-the-art facility at the Highlands Business Park in Cookeville.  The automotive supplier will invest $58 million in the Putnam County facility and create 550 jobs.   ... (click for more)

County Schools Going Back To Drawing Board On Budget After Tax Increase Rejected

The County School Board is going back to the drawing board on its budget after County Mayor Jim Coppinger and County Commission members declined to go along with a property tax increase. County Mayor Coppinger said he is planning to hold the line on taxes in the upcoming budget. Supt. Rick Smith had been pushing for a 40-cent property tax boost to fund an additional $34 million ... (click for more)

Erlanger Budget Foresees $29.4 Million In Revenue From Operations

Erlanger Health System officials said they anticipate income of $29.4 million from operations for the upcoming fiscal year.   The projection includes a 10.3 percent increase in outpatient surgeries, 11.9 percent increase in inpatient charges, and nine percent increase in net patient revenues.   Officials said bedside nurses will receive another ... (click for more)

County Officials Need To Provide A Decent Animal Shelter

Once upon a time, a group of citizens concerned about the decaying building housing the Humane Educational Society on Highland Park raised their voices in an outcry about the deplorable state of the HES facility and the over-population of unwanted and unspayed/unneutered cats and dogs in Hamilton County.   What happened then was that the City Council stepped ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Is It Ever Worth It?

There is a better-than-average chance General John Kelly could soon be named as the new Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. He’s one of four men who have been mentioned in prudent fashion to follow General Joseph Dunford (remember that name for a few minutes) as head of the Corps. General Dunford, who held the job less than a year, has just been chosen by President Obama ... (click for more)