MA Nuke Back Up after Storm Shutdown

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ 05:02 PM gHale

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA, is back on line after plant officials said they remain satisfied with the procedures they put in place ahead of last weekend’s winter storm.

The station went off-line, with off-site power sources remaining connected to the plant. The plant reconnected to the grid last Wednesday and began generating electricity.

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Lauren Burm, a spokeswoman for plant owner and operator Entergy Corp., said they cannot say when the station will reach 100 percent power, but the plant was safe and secure during the storm.

The power plant also went off-line during the blizzard at the end of January in an unplanned shutdown due to power loss.

During the blizzard that socked Plymouth, MA, the weekend of Feb. 14 and 15, officials shut down the Pilgrim nuclear power plant to avoid a repeat of problems that occurred during the Jan. 27 storm that caused a 12-day shutdown.

“We are following plant procedures to prepare for a potential loss of offsite power or the grid’s inability to accept the power Pilgrim generates,” Burm said.

The 680-megawatt plant shut down automatically at 4 a.m. Jan. 27 after an electrical connection used to feed electricity to the grid ended up interrupted amid the worsening storm.

It reconnected to the grid last Feb. 7. During the Jan. 27 blizzard, Pilgrim experienced a series of problems that prompted operators to rely on backup systems as the reactor shut down following a loss of offsite power.

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