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New turbine blades part of long-term improvement plans
Installation comes while reactor is in routine refueling shutdown
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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First Energy’s Perry Nuclear power plant east of Cleveland is getting a $109,000,000 upgrade.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports
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Crews are changing out some big pieces of equipment in the power generation building at the 26-year-old Perry Nuclear Power Station.  Rotors in three turbines that generate electricity from steam heated by the nuclear reactor are being replaced.

Jennifer Young of First Energy, the plant’s Akron-based owner:“Each of the rotors weighs approximately 175 tons and is 14 feet tall and 35 feet long.”

Young says the rotors are a technology advancement that’s been in the works for some years. “They have an increased efficiency…they really improve the efficiency of the plant.  And they’re part of our longer term commitment to the life of the Perry plant in northeast Ohio.”

Perry is licensed to operate through 2026, but is expected to apply for a 20-year license extension around the end of this decade. 

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