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Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, Unit 1 LER: Manual Reactor Trip due to Automatic Feedwater Heater lsolation

On July 13,2014 at '1937 [EDT], Watts Bar Nuclear Plant operators manually tripped the Unit 1 reactor due to automatic isolation of all low pressure feedwater heaters. Concurrent with the reactor irip, the Auxiliary Feedwater system actuated as designed.

All Control and Shutdown rods fully inserted. All safety systems responded as designed and the unit was stabilized in Mode 3, with decay heat removalvia Auxiliary Feedwater, steam dumps and the mlin condenser, with the station in a normal shutdown electrical alignment.

The need to manually trip the reactor was determined to be the result of two separate age related failures associated with the control scheme of the #7 Heater Drain Tank (HDT). The root cause of these failures was that replacement preventative maintenance (PM) tasks did not exist for these components. The components in question were replaced and corrective actions have been developed to generate replacement PMs for both components. ln addition, replacement PMs will be developed for similar critical components of the Secondary Systems based on EPRI Guidance.



During the performance of PT-Q89, Control Rod Exercise Test, Rod G-3 in Shutdown Bank 'B' misaligned (stepped in) to approximately 195-200 steps indicated with group demand at 217 steps. The movable gripper fuse was suspect, found not blown [so further] troubleshooting required. At 1150 [EDT], the decision was made to reduce power to approximately 70% within two hours per I.T.S. [Improved Technical Specification] 3.1.4.b.2.2. The plant is currently stable at 68% power. I.T.S. 3.1.5.b.1 was also entered for Shutdown Bank 'B' less than allowable insertion limits at time 1228 [EDT] to be in Mode 3 in 6 hrs. (1828 [EDT]).

The licensee notified the New York Independent System Operator, the New York Public Service Commission and the NRC Resident Inspector.


10 CFR Section: 50.72(b)(2)(i) - PLANT S/D REQD BY TS

RX Type: [2] W-4-LP,[3] W-4-LP

No nuclear waste: Fuel of future produced at Russia's high-tech underground plant

Construction of the BN-800 breeder reactor. Photo from sdelanounas.ru

Construction of the BN-800 breeder reactor. Photo from sdelanounas.ru

Russia’s ‘Breakthrough’ energy project enables closed a nuclear fuel cycle and a future without radioactive waste. The first batch of MOX nuclear fuel has been manufactured for the world’s only NPP industrially power generating breeder reactors.

The first ten kilograms of the mixed-oxide fuel (MOX) - a mixture of plutonium and uranium dioxides (UO2 and PuO2), have been industrially produced by Russia’s nuclear monopoly, Rosatom, at the Mining & Chemical Combine (GKhK) in the Krasnoyarsk region.

A world first, tablets of the fuel of the future have been put on serial production and are destined for Russia’s next generation BN-800 breeder reactor (880 megawatts), currently undergoing tests at the Beloyarskaya nuclear power plant.

The production line, now undergoing start-up and adjustment, was assembled in a mine 200 meters underground and will become fully operational by the end of 2014.

 Fast fission reactors solve the problem of depleted uranium nuclear fuel on the planet. They can ‘burn’ not only ‘classic’ uranium-235, (scarce and already coming to an end), but also uranium-238, which is abundant, and expands the world’s nuclear fuel capacity by an estimated 50 times.

First American Nuke Plant In 21st Century To Open Soon

The core barrel that holds the nuclear reactor core is shown here at Watts Bar 2 as it is being placed into the reactor vessel as part of reactor assembly. Next year, Watts Bar 2 will be the first new U.S. nuclear reactor to come online in this century. The core barrel is more than 33 feet in height, weighs 282,000 pounds and holds the 193 fuel assemblies, but had to be fit in a space with less than a centimeter clearance in any direction. Nuclear energy sites are referred to as power plants or generating stations and can have more than one reactor. The individual nuclear reactors are referred to as units and are named for the site, numbered from the first to the last built. So the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Station has units 1 and 2, and is building new units 3 and 4. So when discussing that site, one refers to the operating second reactor as Vogtle 2 and the new reactors as Vogtle 3 and Vogtle 4. Source: TVA

A nuclear reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Generating Station in Tennessee is on track to be the first new commercial nuclear power plant in the United States to be completed in this century. Over its life-span, this one reactor will produce more electricity than six new combined cycle natural gas plants, or five new coal plants, or thirty of the largest solar arrays in the world, or 10,000 of the big MW wind turbines.

And it will be extremely low-carbon electricity for about 6 ¢/kWhr on into the future.

Engineering growth pauses nuclear reactor access


While Zachry Engineering Complex is home to many classrooms and research labs, the facility also houses the AGN-201M, a fully operational nuclear reactor. 

Every lab and academic department will be moved out of Zachry by December in preparation for the Engineering Education Complex, a building key to Engineering 25 by 25. The reactor will remain throughout the construction, however, prompting several changes to nuclear engineering classes.

Katherine Banks, dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering, said that due to the renovation of Zachry into the Engineering Education Complex, student access to the reactor has been cut off since Sept. 1 in order to ensure the safety of both students and the reactor and to remain in accordance with federal regulation.

The AGN-201M Reactor was purchased in 1957 by the university for use by the nuclear engineering department. While the AGN is only a 5-watt reactor, Reactor Manager Chris Crouch said the AGN functions in a manner identical to larger reactors and provides students a great tool to learn about the functions of the device.

NRC approves nuclear reactor design chosen for Virginia plant

Dominion Virginia Power’s proposal to build a thirdDominion's North Anna Power Station unit at its North Anna nuclear power station has received a boost with federal certification of a new reactor design.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor design for use in the United States.

The GE-Hitachi system is the Virginia utility’s choice for its proposed North Anna 3 reactor at the Louisa County power plant.

“We are pleased that GE-Hitachi has achieved this milestone in obtaining NRC certification for its … reactor design,” said David A. Christian, CEO of Dominion Generation.

“North Anna 3 is an important part of our strategy to maintain a diverse supply of electrical generation for our customers and at the same time lower our overall carbon footprint in Virginia,” he said.

Dominion Virginia Power expects to obtain the license to build and run North Anna 3 in 2016, but the company has not made a decision to build the multibillion-dollar unit.

Belgium: Electrabel may delay nuclear reactor shutdowns until 2025

Belgium may delay the shutdown of keyBelgium may keep the Doel 1 and 2 nuclear reactors online until 2025, 10 years longer than the original schedule of a 2015 for shutdown, reports Reuters  nuclear reactors in the country, Reuters reported. Two sources close to government coalition talks told the news outlet that Belgium may keep the Doel 1 and 2 reactors online 10 years longer than originally scheduled.

The Doel 1 and 2 reactors operated by Electrabel of GDF Suez have a combined power generation capacity of 433 megawatts and are among Belgium’s oldest. Plans were in place to shut down the reactors in 2015, but sources are now saying their operation life may be extended until 2025.

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Finland gives conditional approval for Rosatom nuclear reactor project

nuclear power plantFennovoima, a Russian group, has secured a conditional approval to construct Rosatom nuclear  reactor in Northern Finland.

prompted Finland's Green Party to quit the cabinet. The party had earlier threatened that it would quit the cabinet if the company was given the approval for the project.

However, the approval for the 1,200MW plant is yet to be passed by the country's Parliament.

The company is likely to get approval for the project in the Parliament as the four main parties already support the project.

Finland had given permission to Fennovoima for the construction of the nuclear power plant in 2010. However, due to changes in the size of the reactor and its supplier, the company had sought for fresh approvals, reports RT.

In the Finnish government's website, the statement reads, "On 18 September 2014 the Government gave a positive decision-in-principle on an application by Fennovoima Oy to build a Rosatom nuclear reactor unit in Pyhäjoki.

"In the spring of 2014 the company delivered an application to the Ministry of Employment and the Economy to supplement a decision-in-principle that it received in 2010 . . . The Government felt that in accordance with the Nuclear Energy Act, Fennovoima's project remains in the overall good of society," the statement reads.

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