Sequoyah nuclear reactor offline for refueling

SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (AP) – The Sequoyah Nuclear Plant’s unit 2 reactor in Soddy-Daisy is offline for scheduled refueling and maintenance.

The Tennessee Valley Authority took the reactor offline on Monday after it had completed 438 consecutive days of operation. Unit 1 is expected to continue operating while unit 2 is down.

The two units at Sequoyah each produce 1, 160 megawatts of electricity when operating at full capacity. Combined, they produce enough electricity for more than 1.3 million homes.

According to the utility, one of the Sequoyah units is taken offline every 18 months so that fuel can be replaced and maintenance can be safely performed.