TVA preparing to test new nuclear reactor under construction at Watts Bar


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SPRING CITY, Tennessee — The Tennessee Valley Authority says it is preparing to conduct testing on a new reactor at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant that is nearing completion.

The federal agency has said it plans to complete the plant's Unit 2 reactor by December 2015. It would be the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century.

TVA senior vice president Mike Skaggs told the Chattanooga Times Free Press ( on Wednesday during a tour of the project that the unit will be ready in May for "hot functional testing" to determine how well equipment will perform.

The Watts Bar 2 project will add 1,100 megawatts of electricity, providing enough energy for approximately 650,000 homes.

TVA is the nation's largest public utility, supplying power to about 9 million people in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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