TVA updates progress at new Watts Bar nuclear unit

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – TVA officials say the new Unit 2 at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Rhea County should reach initial criticality this month.

The news is part of their report on the first six month fiscal budget.

The agency expects to begin commercial operation of Unit 2 near Spring City by this summer.

“We are conducting the final comprehensive tests to ensure the unit is capable of delivering electricity safely and reliably to the people of the Valley,” Johnson said. “We are not rushing this. As with all their work at Watts Bar Unit 2, the team is working carefully to power the unit the right way, and achieve commercial operation in a safe and quality manner.”

TVA reports net income of $281 million for the first six months of the budget, which is down from last year.

The power supplier says a milder winter caused the $15 million drop from last year.

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