Replacing heavy equipment is one way utilities can extend the life and increase the reliability of their existing nuclear plants. As part of investing in its Callaway Energy Center, Ameren Missouri worked with AREVA Inc. to replace the reactor vessel closure head (RVCH) during a scheduled outage in fall 2014.

Dismantling a nuclear power plant is a job that takes time, something EnergySolutions knows all too well.

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near the Tennessee River in Alabama has three General Electric boiling water reactors that have a maximum total capacity of 3,440 MW that amount to roughly 10 percent of the utility’s total generation. Operational since 1974, Browns Ferry is TVA’s first nuclear power plant.