TVA’s Bellefonte resets work priorities

HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Valley Authority says it will reduce the number of contractors supporting its Bellefonte nuclear plant project, in order to match resources to current business needs.

“Bellefonte is integral to building a balanced energy portfolio and TVA being a leader in safe, clean and reliable nuclear energy production,” says David Stinson, vice president, Bellefonte project, in a release. “However, with construction at Bellefonte not beginning until fuel is loaded at Watts Bar 2, we are resetting priorities at the site.”

Stinson says Bellefonte is aligning the organization to manage costs, placing a focus on TVA's business priorities. That goes along with statements CEO Tom Kilgore made in February.

Right now, about 900 contractors support the project. Nearly half of those work on-site; the rest in satellite offices in other areas. 430 of those contractors will be affected by the changes; only about 85 of them work at the Bellefonte site.

“We began releasing contract workers supporting Bellefonte this week and will continue through mid-May,” said Stinson in the release. “About twenty percent of the affected contractors are working locally at the site.”

Stinson says other priorities for the Bellefonte project include defining a timeframe in which to verify remaining construction work and the rate at which it can be performed. The site plans to incorporate lessons learned from the Fukushima plant in Japan, as well as the construction of Watts Bar Unit 2. TVA officials also plan to establish processes to identify and mitigate risks, and put in place infrastructure for effective planning and project controls.

“Resetting priorities at Bellefonte at this time makes good business sense,” said Stinson. “It will help assure we meet our long-term objective to make Bellefonte a productive asset that adds to TVA’s supply of clean, base-load power.”

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