Davis-Besse up and running

Plant replaces generators costing $600 million
Melissa Topey
May 9, 2014

 

Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station restarted Thursday, despite a glitch Monday.

The FirstEnergy facility had been shut down for three months as workers replaced two steam generators at a cost of $600 million. The investment signals FirstEnergy has every intention of operating the plant through 2037.

The plant was operating at 48 percent power Thursday, and crews anticipated it would be at 100 percent within a week, said Jennifer Young, spokeswoman for FirstEnergy.

A problem arose Monday night during routine control rod testing, which is done in preparation for the startup. Plant employees were sending commands to the control rods, to ensure the equipment was properly reacting to the signals, when a motor started overheating.

In a quick-stop process known as SCRAM, controllers shut down the test. The rod being tested at the time went back into the nuclear reactor core without incident.

“There were no safety implications” Young said.

The plant experienced no problems as it connected to the grid Thursday afternoon, she said.

Workers on Monday determined adjustments needed to be made to the cooling lines that serve the motor. They adjusted the equipment and successfully completed the testing.

Kevin Kamps, nuclear watchdog for Beyond Nuclear, predicted FirstEnergy would brush the incident off. He said it was a good thing the reactor was shut down.

“If you had a loaded reactor core and you withdraw the control rod and a problem happens, it will increase the nuclear reactor,” Kamps said. “You certainly want your control rods to function as you want them to.

“Yet again, another problem with Davis-Besse that I hope does not line up one day for disaster” Kamps said.

Comments

Lil DAB

“You certainly want your control rods to function as you want them to."

Yes, Mr. Kamps. That's why the experienced professionals are on the inside doing the work and not on the outside making snarky comments.

ERIE43452

Obviously misquoted Lil Snarky.

Surprisingly enough the Register has not updated the article with "news" that Davis Besse has reported it's second "glitch" to the NRC today. Bunch of little glitch's can make a big problem, thus the reporting requirement.

O'Heritage

I'm not a no-nuke person, but it amazes me whenever I drive by DB, how every gate seems to be open, the few number of guards and how close the road is to the containment building. I'm always looking for suspicious people or cars lurking around.

Lil DAB

Are you thinking of the cooling tower structure near the access road off Rt 2? The cooling tower and containment building are 2 separate structures. I'm pretty sure you can't drive up to the containment building and I would venture to say that the guards must be doing their jobs if you don't see suspicious people or cars lurking around.

MrSandusky

You should try driving past the admin building. There is no security near the road for a reason. Drive about 100 yards in and you may see a different world.

MrSandusky

“If you had a loaded reactor core and you withdraw the control rod and a problem happens, it will increase the nuclear reactor,” Kamps said. “You certainly want your control rods to function as you want them to."

That entire paragraph is about the most ignorant statement I have read in a long time. It is obvious that this gentlemen does not know how these plants work. Sad that he is the one that supplies a quote to a newspaper and it gets published... Why can't these watchdog groups have knowledgeable people as spokespeople? Is it because the people that know what they are talking about realize there is little to no danger here?

Really are you ...

How about picking up one of those rods and examine it? How about taking a swim in the cooling reservoir? Safe? You would be dead wrong. The cooling tower close to the road is fine? Unprotected? I hope security is in a lock down state as soon as anything unauthorized crosses that property line. If any part of that containment structure is comprimised, there is very little time to correct what has happened. Even nuclear engineers make errors. If the cooling water tower does not provide the needed cooling water when its wall is broken, where is the nearest resource to obtain cooling water? The algea blooms in Lake Erie would be the least of our problems. Look at the Chernobyl Incident, but hopefully our nuclear facilities are built better than the Russian facilities. Chernobyl is still a dead zone in the Ukraine. Does Putin want to get ahold of those rods in that plant? The rods remain radioactive for thousands of years. Or how about Iran and their attempt to build a nuclear power plant with Russian made parts? Could Iran be a a Chernobyl waiting to happen? The United States is not free from accidents in nuclear power generation either. Three Mile Island.

Little danger. Considering if everyone lives to a hundred years, it is not even one tenth of the lifespan of a nuclear radioactive rod.

Darwin's choice

The sky is falling.....

Breaking News

The cooling tower is NOT needed for safe shutdown of the plant

Factitious

That's true. The purpose of the cooling tower is to prevent heat pollution of Lake Erie. Also, to provide a misleading symbol of nuclear power for episodes of "The Simpsons."