Browns Ferry Unit 3 Completes Scheduled Refueling and Maintenance Outage

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DECATUR – On Sunday March 24, TVA’s Browns Ferry Unit 3 was successfully synced to the grid following its scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.  Work performed prepares the unit for a two-year cycle of operation supplying the Tennessee Valley with safe, carbon-free energy.

“The women and men of Browns Ferry have safely performed a significant amount of detailed work with the support of shared resources from our nuclear fleet and contracting agencies,” said Browns Ferry Site Vice President Manu Sivaraman. “With more than 12,000 activities completed during this maintenance window, we have prepared Unit 3 to continue safely meeting the needs of the Valley.”

Work performed during this outage included the replacement of three low-pressure feedwater heaters to enhance the unit’s thermal efficiency. These replacements also support TVA’s intention to extend the service life of its reactors with Browns Ferry being the first TVA Nuclear Power Plant to submit an application for subsequent license renewal to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Browns Ferry Unit 3 is one of three nuclear reactors located at Browns Ferry and one of seven nuclear reactors owned and operated by TVA to generate low-cost energy to the people of the Valley. TVA’s nuclear fleet is the third largest in the nation, safely and reliably providing about 40 percent of all electricity used by nearly 10 million people in the Tennessee Valley.

Media Release/Adam May
TVA Media Relations

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