Sequoyah Nuclear Plant
TVA’s second nuclear power plant, Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, is located on 525 acres beside Chickamauga Reservoir in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee.
The plant was named in honor of a Cherokee Indian who lived in the area and invented an alphabet that was the tribe’s first written form of communication.
Groundbreaking on Sequoyah Nuclear Plant occurred in 1969, with major construction beginning a year later.
Sequoyah Units 1 and 2
- Unit 1 began commercial operation July 1, 1981, and Unit 2 began commercial operation June 1, 1982.
- Each unit can produce more than 1,160 megawatts of electricity. Together they can supply the needs of about 1.3 million homes a day.
- In 2010, Sequoyah's total generation of 18,000,764 megawatt-hours was 17th-best among the nation's 104 commercial reactors, according to Electric Light & Power magazine.
- The longest continuous operating run for Unit 1 is 510 days, 23 hours, and zero minutes from May 9, 2009, to Oct. 2, 2010.
- Unit 2 holds the longest continuous run of the two units – a run of 512 days and 16 hours from Nov. 18, 2000, to April 14, 2002.
- About 1,100 people work at Sequoyah.
- Sequoyah employees serve as Partners in Education with four area schools and operate the Sequoyah Community Spirit Fund, which contributes to the well-being of the residents in surrounding counties by providing necessities and assistance to needy families.