Weak weld to be fixed at Beaver County nuke plant
FirstEnergy Corp. says a weak weld has been found on the reactor head of one unit at a Beaver County nuclear power plant, which must be fixed before the reactor is restarted.
Company spokeswoman Jennifer Young says the reactor was shut down for refueling and maintenance when the company's inspectors found a weak weld among 66 on the Shippingport plant's Unit 2 reactor vessel head.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Neil Sheehan says the flaw, left untreated, could have developed into a crack. He and Young say a new weld with a different alloy will be used to fix the problem.
The plant replaced its Unit 1 reactor in 2006. The Unit 2 reactor vessel head, installed in 1987, is scheduled for replacement in 2017. The weld problem will not affect that schedule.
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