published Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Watts Bar construction meeting budget, schedule and safety targets

  • Construction on schedule at TVA's Watts Bar Nuclear Plant
    TVA officials said that construction is on schedule as work continues on the containment area of the Tennessee Valley Authority Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor. The work is still targeted to cost about $4.2 billion and should be completed by December 2015.

The Tennessee Valley Authority said today it is meeting its budget, safety and schedule targets to complete the Unit 2 reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant within the next three years.

In a quarterly update on the $4 billion project, TVA Senior Vice President Mike Skaggs said the quality of acceptance rate for completed work remains high and workers achieved mroe than 19.7 million hours during the quarter without a lost-time accident, and a recordable injury rate that is better than goal. Additionally, a service air system became the first plant system in more than a year to be completed and turned over for testing this spring.

“The team is working the plan that has been laid out, using comprehensive metrics to monitor progress and making effective adjustments when potential issues arise,” Skaggs said in a statement today.

Despite previous problems in verification of plant materials, TVA said purchasing procedures and work orders have since been improved to ensure the plant meets all safety and reliability standards.

Skaggs said key focus areas in the next quarter will be simplifying work orders involving multiple systems and components; completing construction of several plant systems; detailed scheduling for electrical work and planning for open vessel testing.

TVA plans to complete the Watts Bar reactor sometime between September 2015 and June 2016 at a total project cot of $4 billion to $4.5 billion.

When complete, Watts Bar 2 is expected to generate about 1,100 megawatts, enough electricity to supply about 650,000 Tennessee Valley homes.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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