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Local Companies | Article published August 30, 2002
Bad reactor head removed
Replacement at Davis-Besse slated to be in today

FROM BLADE 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 damage.

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, Mich.

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.

Akron-based FirstEnergy plans to reopen the plant at the end of the year.

For complete coverage of Davis-Besse, go to www.toledoblade.com/davisbesse.


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