W. Pa. nuclear power plant closed for refueling

SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp. has shut down the older of two units for refueling and safety inspections at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in western Pennsylvania.

The Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/GzAsou ) reports the plant’s Unit 1 shut down Monday, while workers replace 60 of its 157 fuel assemblies.

The units low pressure steam turbine rotors will also be replaced. The unit has two such rotors, which spin and drive the unit’s electrical generator, each weighing about 153 tons.

The company will also perform maintenance and safety inspections on the plant’s three steam generators, its cooling tower, and other equipment.

The plant is located about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. It’s other power unit, which is newer, was closed for refueling last year.

FirstEnergy isn’t saying how long the shutdown will last.

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Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/

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