Knoxville (WVLT) - The Tennessee Valley Authority is moving forward with plans to build a second nuclear reactor in East Tennessee.
T.V.A. awarded Bechtel Power Corporation the rights to become the main engineering, procurement and construction contractor for construction of a second reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Station in Spring City.
The five-year project is budgeted at nearly 2.5 billion dollars.
Bechtel is eligible for one billion dollars of the budget.
Bechtel is the country's largest nuclear contractor.
Meanwhile, for the fifth time in four months, T.V.A.'s unit one reactor at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Alabama is shut down.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the reactor was operating at full power Friday morning when a turbine trip forced it to shut down automatically.
A spokesperson for Browns Ferry says the unit two and unit three reactors are continuing to operate at full power.
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