DETROIT, July 18, 2002 — Officials from DTE Energy, parent company of Detroit Edison, on Thursday dedicated a new 65,000 square-foot, high-tech training center at the Fermi 2 Nuclear Plant.
The new training center will enhance Detroit Edison’s ability to provide the best possible training for employees to maintain and advance their skills in plant operations, maintenance and safety.
“Our commitment to safety remains our number one priority in the operation of Fermi 2,” said Anthony F. Earley, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, DTE Energy. “This new facility enables our employees to enhance their skills dedicated to the safe operation of the plant,” Earley said. “We now have a best-in-class facility to support our efforts to remain a best-in- class, safe producer of electricity.”
Detroit Edison employees will have the ability to practice their skills on full-scale replicas of plant equipment such as a dynamic control room simulator, reactor undervessel and control rod equipment, large capacity diesel generator and electrical switch gear and test equipment. Employees can improve and maintain their skills in areas like engineering, maintenance, plant operations and safety.
Fermi 2 is a 1,100 megawatt nuclear power plant, providing nearly 15 percent of the electrical needs of Detroit Edison’s 2.1 million customers. Plant workers and operators maintain a rigorous schedule of training; plant operations personnel train every five weeks and maintenance personnel are back in the classroom on a quarterly basis.
The Nuclear Training Center was built under a union contract using local union contractors. During the peak of construction, 75 construction workers were employed. The project began in May 2001 and was completed ahead of schedule in June.
Detroit Edison is an investor-owned electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a subsidiary of DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Information about DTE Energy is available at http://www.dteenergy.com .