Commitment, Teamwork, and Perseverance Pay Off as Nuclear Unit Wins Plant of the Year
The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 2 was the first new nuclear unit added to the U.S. fleet in more than 20 years. There were challenges along the way, but the colossal effort displayed by the dedicated construction, startup, and operations teams make it deserving of POWER’s highest honor.
For decades, a single cooling tower released cloud-like condensate around-the-clock while Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 1 (WBN1) was online. Meanwhile, yards away, a second concrete giant sat idle against the scenic backdrop of the Tennessee River, about 10 miles south of Spring City, Tennessee. But that has all changed now. Clouds regularly surge skyward from both of the iconic 504-foot-tall structures, signifying dual-unit operation at the facility.
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