Delays expected for Watts Bar reactor replacement
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. —
The process of bringing TVA's newest nuclear reactor to generate power has been dealt a setback.
A transformer now has to be replaced in the switch yard at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant after a fire two weeks ago.
A TVA spokesperson says that transformer served the Unit 2 reactor, which has been undergoing testing to get it ready for full power operation.
Since the fire, Unit 2 is not producing any power, and will not until the transformer is replaced.
The spokesperson could not put a time estimate on the setback.
Reactor Unit 1 was not affected by the fire.
Right now, it's operating at 100% power.
UPDATE: TVA says reports that the fire caused a lot of damage are overblown:
We are thoroughly inspecting the affected components and making any necessary repairs. This kind of work must be done safely and deliberately, but it’s what our team trains for. Our primary goal is to make sure that everything is safe and reliable before we resume power ascension testing on Watts Bar Unit 2, which was unaffected by the fire.