2012-11-07 / Local & State

Western Pa. Nuclear Reactor Online After Refueling

SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. (AP) – A reactor at FirstEnergy Corp.'s nuclear power plant in western Pennsylvania has returned to service after being shut down for refueling and maintenance in September.

The Pittsburgh Tribune- Review reports Monday that Unit 2 at the Beaver Valley Power Station returned to service Saturday. It was taken down Sept. 24 for refueling which occurs every 18 months. The unit also underwent other maintenance and a $14.8 million turbine upgrade.

FirstEnergy officials say they expect the 904- megawatt plant will return to full power by the end of the week.

The power plant, which provides enough electricity to power 1 million homes, is located in Shippingport, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. FirstEnergy is based in Akron, Ohio.

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