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published August 30, 2002|
Bad reactor head
Replacement at Davis-Besse
slated to be in today
STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
OAK HARBOR, Ohio - Workers removed the damaged
reactor head at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant yesterday and were to
begin installing the replacement part.
Workers began removing
the reactor head by crane and finished the process about five hours
later, said Todd Schneider, a spokesman for FirstEnergy Corp., which
owns the plant about 25 miles east of Toledo. It was then loaded
onto a trailer.
The old reactor head will remain at the plant
while the Nuclear Regulatory Commission continues to investigate the
Leaking acid corroded a steel cap that covers the
reactor vessel, forcing a shutdown of the plant that provides
electricity to northern Ohio.
FirstEnergy is spending an
estimated $55 million to $75 million to replace the reactor head.
The new reactor head was brought to the plant from Consumers
Energy’s never-completed nuclear plant in Midland,
Richard Wilkins, another FirstEnergy spokesman, said
installation of the replacement reactor head could be finished by
early this morning.
The old reactor head was removed, and the
new one was to be installed through a large hole that was cut into
the reactor building’s side.
Davis-Besse has been shut down
since February, when inspectors discovered that boric acid had
nearly eaten through the steel cap.
plans to reopen the plant at the end of the year.
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