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 (http://bit.ly/1KwUkUh) 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, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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