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Browns Ferry 1 is a 1,256MW nuclear reactor which is located within the premises of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. It is located in Alabama, the US. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the nuclear reactor is currently generating power and is in active status. The construction on the reactor commenced in May, 1967. The first power from the reactor was achieved in Oct, 1973. Subsequent to trial runs the reactor finally entered into commercial operation in Aug, 1974. Buy the profile here.

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Browns Ferry 1 is a Generation II nuclear reactor developed by GE Power, the main contractor for the project.

The 1,256MW reactor is owned and operated by Tennessee Valley Authority. The company has a stake of 100%.

The BWR reactor generates 9,396.07GWh/annum of electricity. It features 764 fuel assemblies in the core of reactor, the place where fission occurs and energy is released.

Development status

The reactor construction commenced in May, 1967 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in Aug, 1974.

Contractors involved

GE Power was selected as the steam turbine supplier for the nuclear reactor. The company provided 1 steam turbine for the project. Tennessee Valley Authority was selected as an architect engineer for the reactor. The reactor system was supplied by GE Power. The reactor vessel has been supplied by GE Power. The material used for the construction of the vessel is Carbon Steel (CS/SA 302 B/SA 36). The civil works were carried out by Tennessee Valley Authority.

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About GE Power

GE Power (GEP), formerly GE Energy, a business division of the General Electric Company, is a provider of power generation and water processing products and related services. The company product portfolio includes aero derivative and heavy-duty gas turbine systems, generators, boilers, steam turbines, air quality control systems, gas engines, reactors and water treatment, waste water treatment, and process system solutions, among others. GEP offers products and technologies for generating electricity from various sources such as oil, gas, nuclear, coal, mining, diesel and water. The company also offers services for maintenance, service and upgrade of power plants; solutions for water treatment, wastewater treatment and process systems; services for distributed power generation; and support services for boiling water reactors. It caters its products and services to independent power producers and other industrial customers. GEP is headquartered in Schenectady, New York, the US

This content was updated on 10 November 2023

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This information is drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center, which provides detailed profiles of over 170,000 active, planned and under construction power plants worldwide from announcement through to operation across all technologies and countries worldwide.