Nuclear Refueling, More Work Set at Shippingport Station

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Refueling and other work begins Monday at Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station's Unit 1 in Shippingport, Beaver County. While the unit is offline, welds on its pressurizer, spray lines and safety relief valves will be reinforced, a containment sump strainer will be increased in size and a reactor coolant pump motor will be replaced. Dave Dillon, spokesman for Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp., the plant owner, wouldn't say how long Unit 1 may be idled. A Nuclear Regulatory Commission report lists the reactor as running at 93 percent of capacity; the company said its capacity is 911 megawatts, estimated as enough power for 728,800 homes.

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