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Penfield and Enos: Outage planning in the COVID-19 era
Energy Harbor’s Beaver Valley plant, located about 34 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pa., was one of many nuclear sites preparing for a scheduled outage as the coronavirus pandemic intensified in March. The baseline objective of any planned outage—to complete refueling on time and get back to producing power—was complicated by the need to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
While over 200 of the plant’s 850 staff members worked from home to support the outage, about 800 contractors were brought in for jobs that could only be done on-site. Nuclear News Staff Writer Susan Gallier talked with Beaver Valley Site Vice President Rod Penfield and General Plant Manager Matt Enos about the planning and communication required.
Beaver Valley can look forward to several more outages in the future, now that plans to shut down the two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors, each rated at about 960 MWe, were reversed in March. “The deactivation announcement happened in the middle of all our planning,” Enos said. “It’s a shame we haven’t had a chance to get together as a large group and celebrate that yet.”
While the focus remains on safe pandemic operations, the site now has two causes for celebration: an outage success and a long future ahead.
William W. Weaver
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 67 | Number 2 | March 2015 | Pages 432-434
Proceedings of TRITIUM 2013 | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST14-T47
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Once every five years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requires, via DOE Order (O) 252.1A, Technical Standards Program, that each of its Standards and Handbooks undergo a maintenance review (also known as “sunset reviews”). There are three possible outcomes of a maintenance review: (1) reaffirmation as current, accurate, and of continuing value to the Department; (2) revision to be current, accurate, and of continuing value; or (3) cancellation. DOE-HDBK-1129-2008, Tritium Handling and Safe Storage, is following option (2) above; the required justification of continuing value was demonstrated by a lack of comparable technical breadth and depth available in other publications. This paper gives an overview of the updates that the Tritium Handling and Safe Storage Guide will undergo. It is expected that the update will be completed in early 2014.