Following a series of power ascension tests, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) 1.22-gigawatt Watts Bar Unit 2 has entered commercial operation, making it the nation’s first new nuclear generation to achieve such status in 20 years.


The $4.7 billion project was completed on budget, according to TVA. Located near Spring City, Tennessee, the unit had already been providing customers with more than 500 million kilowatt-hours during the testing phase, which was resumed on September 26 following an August 30 fire that damaged one of the unit’s main transfomers. For related information, see September 1, 2016, article - Watts Bar Unit 02 Shuts Down Due to Fire.


Construction of the massive project began in 2007.


Industrial Info is tracking 117 active TVA projects worth $8.64 billion. For related information, see October 7, 2016, article - TVA Adopts Budget with More Than $2 Billion of 'Cleaner Energy' Projects.
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