FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company Employees Recognized with Top Industry Performance Award
AKRON, Ohio, May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has recognized FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) with a Top Industry Practice Award for developing and implementing a maintenance program that increases safe nuclear plant operations by improving equipment reliability and work efficiency.
Fifteen Engineering and Supply Chain employees from FENOC’s Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa., Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio, and Akron offices teamed to develop a program focused on preventive maintenance activities, enhanced work planning and replacement part inventory management. As part of the program, work activities that have the greatest impact on operations are prioritized in a preventive maintenance schedule. Replacement part inventories then are aligned with the schedule to minimize plant downtime by ensuring the right components are available at the right time. As an added benefit, work efficiency gained through the program has significantly reduced maintenance costs.
Members of the award-winning team include: Mary Beth Dunning, Joan Kowalski and Mark Perry from Beaver Valley; Craig Hengge, Dan Phillips, Dennis Schreiner and Lisa Thomas from Davis-Besse; Gerry Freddo, Lori McGuire and Scott Richardson from Perry; and Pete Bertolo, Colin Keller, Joe Loboda and Bryon Marks from Akron.
“I am very proud of our employees for implementing this beneficial program because it promotes safety and reliability, the most critical aspects of our work,” said Pete Sena, FENOC President and Chief Nuclear Officer. “The collaboration between Engineering and Supply Chain ensures our plants have well planned, long-term preventive maintenance strategies that are supported by the appropriate materials, which keep our plants operating safely. I commend our FENOC employees for their leadership, drive and commitment to excellence.”
NEI is the policy organization for the nuclear technologies industry. The organization’s Top Industry Practice awards recognize industry contributors in 14 categories for innovation to improve safety, efficiency and nuclear plant performance as well as industry vision and leadership.
FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its FENOC subsidiary operates the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa., the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio. Visit FirstEnergy on the web at www.firstenergycorp.com or follow the company’s nuclear plants on Twitter: @BVPowerStation, @DavisBesse and @Perry_Plant.
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