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Regional News | Article published Friday, July 4, 2003
Utility eyes September restart nod for reactor Davis-Besse faces late August checks

By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


FirstEnergy Corp. now is looking at September as the month it will try to get restart authorization for its Davis-Besse nuclear plant.

Utility officials had been saying for weeks that August would be the month they would seek permission from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. But in a letter to Lew Myers, chief operating officer of the utility’s nuclear subsidiary, an NRC official said the week of Aug. 25 has been set aside to do more inspections that must be completed before restart.

FirstEnergy spokesman Todd Schneider told The Blade yesterday that the inspections probably would push restart into at least September, although he said a late-August restart is not out of reach.

The NRC makes the final decision on when the plant restarts, regardless of the company’s timetable.

Jack Grobe, NRC oversight panel chairman, told The Blade the inspections planned for the week of Aug. 25 could be moved up if the company picks up the pace of its repairs and makes such a request, possibly allowing the restart to still occur in August. But he acknowledged the NRC’s latest timeframe for inspections is based on how work is going at the current pace.

The project has encountered numerous delays throughout Davis-Besse’s 17-month outage, the result of various equipment and management issues that have arisen since a pineapple-sized rust cavity was discovered on top of the plant’s reactor head on March 6, 2002.

The plant had been shut down for refueling and maintenance three weeks earlier for what was supposed to be a month-long outage.

The latest delay virtually assures FirstEnergy of eating costs for Davis-Besse’s lack of production during the final peak-usage month of 2003.

The utility has said it loses $20 million to $25 million a month each June, July, and August the plant has been idle, because it has had to buy electricity on the open market to supply its customers. It also loses $10 million to $15 million for each of the other nine months.

The total cost of the outage has not been updated for months, but utility figures show it will end up being several hundred million dollars between lost energy production, new equipment, and other items.

In a related matter, the weeklong test to see how the plant performs at normal operating pressure and temperature has been delayed until late July. Mr. Schneider would not provide a date. The test is one of the biggest hurdles the plant has remaining: Among other things, it is expected to show whether the bottom of the reactor is leaking. The plant will be kept in a nonnuclear mode for that test.

Meanwhile, a U.S. House subcommittee probing what went wrong at Davis-Besse appears unlikely to have a hearing on the matter until fall, if at all. Ken Johnson, spokesman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said a hearing had been contemplated for this month.

But committee members have not decided when to have such a hearing, other than to agree that scheduling logistics likely prevent members from convening one until the fall.

For earlier stories on Davis-Besse, go to www.toledoblade.com/davisbesse




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