FirstEnergy, parent company of Davis-Besse
Nuclear Power Station, announced Tuesday a couple of changes at the
company, as well as updated progress on the new reactor head.
For starters, it announced the newly formed restart overview
panel, designed to get the thoughts of a few outside experts and
company leaders before the plant goes for federal approval to
Along with four members of FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co., the
panel has some outside experts -- one is Chris Bakken, who has
experience with extended outages while he was at the DC Cook plant.
Another such expert is Elmer "Buzz" Galbraith, who is with the
industry oversight group Industry of Nuclear Power Operators. Also
on the panel are retired NRC official Joe Callan, and Jack Martin,
who is involved in the routine activities of Davis-Besse through the
company's Nuclear Review Board.
And finally, the energy company drew on local experience as well,
asking Ottawa County administrator Jere Witt to be on the panel,
along with Davis-Besse historian Lou Storz.
The panel is designed to give independent oversight as
Davis-Besse prepares to restart the plant, something company
officials are hopeful can happen before the end of the year.
Also during the meeting, FirstEnergy officials updated the
progress on the replacement of the reactor head with an unused one
from a never-finished Midland, Mich. plant.
So far, workers have been able to cut through the containment
building in Midland and modifications have been made to the lower
service structure, said Bob Schrauder, director of support services
for First Energy Nuclear Operating Co.
That modification includes cutting 10 large opening to allow for
wide visibility when inspections occur in the future.
It was that modification that likely obscured the original
Davis-Besse head from being properly inspected and contributed to
the corrosion found in March.
The head, which weighs about 80 tons, is getting prepared to be
moved by an 180-foot long truck to the Davis-Besse plant, Schrauder
Work is ahead of schedule and it likely will be brought to
Carroll Township before Aug. 1, he said.
Meanwhile, the current Davis-Besse head is being cleaned and
prepared for removal through a 20-foot by 20-foot opening that will
be water-blasted through the containment building.