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Reactor head for Davis Besse

A new reactor head for FirstEnergy’s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Ohio is now in the United States. FirstEnergy bought the reactor head from the French-based Areva Corp., and had it shipped in from Belgium.

The more than 82 ton reactor head will be taken by truck to the plant in early December and is expected to be installed in the fall of 2011.

Areva engineers outfitted the reactor head with new control rod nozzles made of a material less likely to crack than its predecessors. FirstEnergy discovered problems with the nozzles on its current reactor head and had to shut Davis-Besse down for about two months earlier this year. That head was a replacement for a severely corroded one, which led the Nuclear Regulatory Agency to shut Davis-Besse down for two years earlier this decade.

FirstEnergy has applied for a 20-year extension on its operating license.

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