The Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 1 began a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage late Friday.

The outage is a routine and carefully planned activity so fuel can be replaced and maintenance can be safely performed on key equipment and systems.

An additional 850 TVA and contract employees will supplement the site's regular staff of almost 1,400 employees during the outage. The project will involve more than 163,000 work-hours until the outage is completed.


At full capacity, Browns Ferry's three units generate a combined 3,300 megawatts of electricity, which is 10 percent of TVA's total generation capacity and enough electricity to power 2 million homes. TVA also operates two units at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., and one unit at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant near Spring City, Tenn., where a second unit is scheduled for completion in late 2015.