Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station

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Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station
Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant.jpg
Aerial photograph of the power plant
Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station is located in Pennsylvania
Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station
Location in Pennsylvania
Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station is located in the US
Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station
Location in the United States
Country United States
Location Shippingport, Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°37′24″N 80°25′50″W / 40.62333°N 80.43056°W / 40.62333; -80.43056Coordinates: 40°37′24″N 80°25′50″W / 40.62333°N 80.43056°W / 40.62333; -80.43056
Status Operational
Construction began Unit 1: June 26, 1970
Unit 2: May 3, 1974
Commission date Unit 1: October 1, 1976
Unit 2: November 17, 1987
Construction cost $8.520 billion (2007 USD)[1]
Owner(s) Unit 1: PPL Corporation
Unit 2: Ohio Edison (FirstEnergy)
Operator(s) FirstEnergy Nuclear
Nuclear power station
Reactor type PWR
Reactor supplier Westinghouse
Cooling source Ohio River
Cooling towers 2 × Natural Draft
Power generation
Units operational 1 × 921 MW
1 × 905 MW
Make and model WH 3-loop (DRYSUB)
Thermal capacity 2 × 2900 MWth
Nameplate capacity 1826 MW
Capacity factor 95.73% (2017)
80.25% (lifetime)
Annual net output 15,312 GWh (2017)
Website
Beaver Valley[dead link]

Beaver Valley Power Station is a nuclear power plant covering 1,000 acres (400 ha) near Shippingport, Pennsylvania, United States, 34 miles (55 km) roughly northwest of Pittsburgh. The Beaver Valley plant is operated by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Corporation.

This plant has two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors.

While the Shippingport Reactor has been decommissioned, Beaver Valley Units 1 and 2 are still licensed and in operation.

FirstEnergy announced that Beaver Valley is expected to close in 2021 without legislative relief or sale to another utility company.[2]

Surrounding population[edit]

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission defines two emergency planning zones around nuclear power plants: a plume exposure pathway zone with a radius of 10 miles (16 km), concerned primarily with exposure to, and inhalation of, airborne radioactive contamination, and an ingestion pathway zone of about 50 miles (80 km), concerned primarily with ingestion of food and liquid contaminated by radioactivity.[3]

The 2010 U.S. population within 10 miles (16 km) of Beaver Valley was 114,514, a decrease of 6.6 percent in a decade, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data for msnbc.com. The 2010 U.S. population within 50 miles (80 km) was 3,140,766, a decrease of 3.7 percent since 2000. Cities within 50 miles include Pittsburgh (27 miles upwind of city center).[4]

Seismic risk[edit]

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's estimate of the risk each year of an earthquake intense enough to cause core damage to the reactor at Beaver Valley was Reactor 1: 1 in 20,833; Reactor 2: 1 in 45,455, according to an NRC study published in August 2010.[5][6]

Fessenheim[edit]

Beaver Valley 1 was used as the reference design for the French nuclear plant at Fessenheim.[7]

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