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Watts Bar Unit 2 Performance On Track

Efforts In Progress to Keep Project Moving Forward

December 20, 2012

SPRING CITY, Tenn. – Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 is on track with the revised cost and time estimates established in April 2012 when the TVA board of directors approved continuing with completing construction of the project.

The second quarterly update to the Watts Bar Unit 2 Estimate to Complete (August – October 2012) shows the project is meeting targets for completion between September and December of 2015 and within the projected total cost range of $4 billion to $4.5 billion. The update also verifies safety performance remains excellent and the quality of work remains high.

“The Watts Bar Unit 2 team continued to make good progress during the quarter,” said Mike Skaggs, TVA senior vice president for Nuclear Construction. “Workers achieved over 17 million work hours without a lost-time incident, and the overall acceptance rate of quality control inspections remained above 95 percent. Cost and schedule performance achieved established goals.”

During the quarter, the project focused on efficient performance of construction activities; maintaining the overall pace of installing commodities, such as valves, piping, and cable; and continuing to implement improvement initiatives.

“While we have not identified any new short-term risks that compromise project completion, there will be challenges as we build this unit, with regulatory and licensing issues being our primary challenges,” said Skaggs.

“One step we are taking to ensure safety and that the Watts Bar Unit 2 construction timeline and budget remain on track, is implementing a project incentive completion program for eligible TVA and contract employees. The incentive completion program will help retain these highly skilled workers during construction. It is the continued performance of those building the unit that will make a difference in how it is completed, when it is completed, and how it will operate for years to come.”

The incentive program will be funded with savings from the project being completed in a safe, timely, and cost-effective manner. For any incentive payout to be made, commercial operation for Watts Bar Unit 2 must be certified by TVA by Dec. 31, 2015, and the project must be completed at or below $4.4 billion.

“TVA has invested in nuclear power as a key component to generating safe, reliable, clean, and low-cost energy,” said Skaggs. “Completing Watts Bar Unit 2 safely, on time and on budget will validate this investment and increase confidence across the industry that building new nuclear is the right course of action in preparing for future energy needs.”

For a copy of the Quarterly Update to the Watts Bar 2 Estimate to Complete (August - October 2012), go to

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.

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