Energy and Natural Resources

New York Nuke Back Online After $100m Refueling Outage

19 May 2017

Entergy’s Indian Point Unit 3 nuclear power plant returned to service May 18 following a scheduled $100 million refueling, maintenance, and inspection outage. The planned shutdown began March 13.

Among the items inspected were bolts on a removable liner inside the reactor. Specialists replaced 270 of these bolts and confirmed that the plates secured by these bolts remained structurally sound and functional. A similar number of bolts were replaced at Unit 2 in 2016 following inspections of bolts on the liner in that reactor.

Two two-unit Indian Point station.Two two-unit Indian Point station.This was the second-to-last refueling outage at Unit 3 before its permanent shut down by April 30, 2021, under a settlement agreement with New York State. Unit 2 will enter its final refueling and maintenance outage next spring before it permanently shuts down by April 30, 2020.

Unit 2 and Unit 3 generate some 2,000 megawatts of electricity. Indian Point Unit 2 began commercial operation in 1974 and Unit 3 in 1976. Entergy purchased Unit 3 in 2000 from the New York Power Authority and Unit 2 -- along with the permanently closed Unit 1 -- in 2001 from Consolidated Edison.

On January 9, as part of a settlement with New York State, Entergy announced its plan for the early and orderly shutdown of the two units at Indian Point.

To contact the author of this article, email david.wagman@ieeeglobalspec.com


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